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Transcript of Alcohol
Alcohol is a liquid that is colorless, flammable and intoxicating that people drink in beverages.
Reduces quality of sperm
Causes a wide range of birth defects
Causes Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
Contributes to low birth weight and premature birth, still birth and miscarriage, organ damage, skeletal damage
Irreversible brain damage
Vision and hearing problems
Ongoing learning difficulties
Problems concentrating, following instructions, or sticking to a task
Delayed physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development
Lifelong mental illness
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is the general term that describes the range of effects that can happen to the individual (of course the fetus/baby) whose mother drank alcohol during her pregnancy. The effects may include physical, mental, behavioral, and/or learning disabilities with possible lifelong consequences.
Frequently Asked Questions about
1. Is it okay to drink a little or at certain times during pregnancy?
2. I drank wine during my last pregnancy and my baby turned out fine. Why shouldn't I drink again during this pregnancy?
Four Different Diagnosis of
4. Is it okay to drink alcohol if I am trying to get pregnant?
5. If a woman has an FASD, but does not drink during pregnancy, can her child have an FASD? Are FASDs hereditary?
FAS: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
PFAS: Partial Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
ARND: Alcohol-Related Neurodevelopmental Disorder
ARBD: Alcohol-Related Birth Defects
3. If I drank during my pregnancy, does that mean that my baby will have an FASD for sure?
There are four different diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder that can effect the baby in different range of effects.
6. Can a father's drinking cause harm to a baby?
7. I suspect my child might have an FASD. What should I do?
Fetal Alcohol Disorders can be prevented if the mother is not consuming alcohol during her conception or pregnancy. And just to clarify, there are NO known safe levels for alcohol consumption during conception or pregnancy.
The Ranges of the Four Diagnoses Under the General of
Is There a Cure for
Unfortunately there is no cure for FASD.
Is There Treatment for
It isn't easy to "treat" FASD but, for the infant/child if they are diagnosed early, there are some ways to help he or she.
Physical and occupational therapy
The child should have psycho- educational testing
If someone offers you a drink:
- say "No thanks." and change the subject
- say "No thanks. I'm thinking about my baby."
- Hang out with people who will help you to not drink or will be okay with not drinking around you
- Avoid places where alcohol will be present (bars, clubs, etc.)
Other helpful tips:
- drink plenty of water
- keep stress away (take a long bath, meditate, take deep breaths, etc.)
Where to Get Help
- At your local Alcoholics Anonymous
- call Motherrisks Alcohol and Substance Use Helpline at (1-877-327-4636)
Some FASD Diagnostic Clinics:
- St. Michael's Hospital
- Hospital for Sick Children
- Native Child and Family Services
- FASD Durham
- Mothercraft - Breaking The Cycle
- Surrey Place Centre