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What is FASD?

FAS is the leading cause of mental retardation in America today!
(Journal of American Medical Association).

FAS stands for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. FAS is caused by a mother's drinking alcoholic beverages during pregnancy. Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause birth defects.

There is no safe level of drinking during pregnancy.
Even one drinking binge can cause damage.

According to the World Health Organization, FAS affects approximately one in every 500 children born in Australia, Europe and North America, and seems to be even more frequent in some developing countries, like South Africa.

Research shows that alcohol damage to the developing baby occurs over a wide continuum. Damage varies due to volume of alcohol ingested, timing during pregnancy, blood alcohol levels, genetics and environmental factors. 

  • At the mild end, damage may be the loss of some intellectual functioning (IQ), attention deficit disorder, hearing and visual
    problems, and higher than normal pain tolerance. 

  • At the severe end, damage may be severe loss of intellectual potential, severe vision problems, dyslexia, serious maxilo-facial deformities, dental abnormalities, heart defects,immune system malfunctioning, behavioral
    problems, attention deficit disorders, hyper-activity, extreme impulsiveness, poor judgment, difficulty with memory retention and retrieval, deafness, little or no capacity for moral judgment or interpersonal empathy, sociopathic behavior, epilepsy, tremors, cerebral palsy, renal failure, heart failure, death.

The primary symptoms of prenatal alcohol damage are:

  • Poor Impulse Control

  • Poor Judgment

  • Immature or Inappropriate Behavior

  • Children whose mothers drank during pregnancy might have no physical signs and may have normal or above normal intelligence, but still may suffer from the effects of prenatal exposure to alcohol. These children have Fetal Alcohol Effects (FAE) and may have problems with school and family and friends that are not identified as FAE. NEXT

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