“Of all the substances of abuse (including cocaine, heroin, and marijuana), alcohol by far produces the most serious neurobehavioral effects in the fetus” – IOM Report to U.S. Congress, 1996
It’s never too late to get the facts about alcohol and pregnancy.
- In Canada, it is estimated that nine babies in every 1,000 are born with FASD (Health Canada, 2008).
- Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders are the leading cause of developmental and cognitive disabilities among Canadian children which produce life-long negative impacts (Dr. Gideon Koren, 2006).
- There is no known safe amount of alcohol to use during pregnancy.
- There is no safe time to drink alcohol during pregnancy.
- It is never too late to stop drinking during pregnancy to reduce harm to the baby.
- It is estimated that each individual with FASD costs society approximately $2 million in his or her lifetime, for health problems, special education, psychotherapy and counseling, welfare, and costs associated with the criminal justice system (FASWorld 2009). These costs do not include the lost potential of each affected person or other costs incurred later in life.
- Early intervention and support can reduce secondary disabilities.