FASD is preventable
Drinking alcohol during pregnancy is a leading cause of preventable birth defects, including Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). FASD is an umbrella term for a wide range of birth defects which occur as a result of alcohol use during pregnancy.
The birth defects associated with FASD last a lifetime and have major social, behavioural and financial implications for the child born with FASD, their family and the community.
Given these effects, the National FASD Strategic Action Plan 2018 – 2028 was released to shine a spotlight on the issue, and highlight the continued need for health organisations and the community to work towards reducing the alcohol-related harms of FASD.
The plan also aims to reduce the prevalence of FASD, reduce the associated impact of FASD, and improve the quality of life for people living with FASD. It also reinforces that the safest way for a mother to ensure there is no harm to her unborn child from alcohol is not to drink alcohol during pregnancy.
The National Health and Medical Research Council alcohol guidelines recommend that for women who are pregnanct or planning a pregnancy, not drinking is the safest option.