Pre-natal exposure to alcohol impacts 1 in 25 Canadians. It’s a silent epidemic.
Each year, research provides us with more information highlighting the fact that the use of alcohol during pregnancy presents an extraordinary risk to the developing fetus.
FASD is not the same in each individual and there are many reasons for the differences in individuals.
FASD is a life-long disability, considered a physical disability, that does not yet have enough appropriate supports in Saskatchewan or across Canada.
What you should know:
- Drinking alcohol during pregnancy increases the risk of having a baby with FASD. It is not predictable. There is no safe amount of alcohol during pregnancy. The best and safest advice is to abstain from alcohol during pregnancy.
- FASD can only occur when a pregnant woman, of any age, consumes alcohol.
- France, the country who offered the first description in 1968 by Dr. Lemoine, was followed by two Americans (Drs. Smith & Jones) in 1973 who coined the diagnostic term ‘FAS.’
- We’ve known, medically and scientifically, since 1968 that alcohol poses a grave risk to the fetus.
- Binge drinking continues to increase – especially with younger educated women. The risk of more children born with FASD continues to increase as well.
- The majority of people with FASD will experience mental health problems, will not complete their education, will experience trouble with the law, will be confined to prison, drug/alcohol treatment centers, or mental institutions, and be victimized by others.
- What can you do to make a difference? Become aware. Develop understanding.