On the ninth day of the ninth month of the year, the world will remember that during the nine months of pregnancy a woman should abstain from drinking alcohol.

Take a minute today to talk to someone about FASD. You might mention:

  • FASD is the leading cause of developmental disability among Canadian children (Poole, 2008).
  • Approximately 1 in 100 Canadian children will be born with FASD (Chudley et al., 2005).
  • The impact of alcohol varies on the amount, timing, and frequency of alcohol consumed. During the 9 months of pregnancy it is safest not to drink any amount or type of alcohol (Chudley et al., 2005).
  • The annual costs of FASD in Canada are profound and are estimated to be approximately $5.3 billion a year. The average annual cost per individual is estimated to be approximately $21,5000.00 per year (Stade et al., 2009).

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References


Chudley, A., Conry, J., Cook, J., Loock, C., Rosales, T., and LeBlanc, N. (2005). Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder: Canadian guidelines for diagnosis. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 172 (Suppl. 5), S1-S21.

Poole, N. (2008). Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD): Canadian perspectives. Retrieved June 3, 2010, from http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/fasd-etcaf/pdf/cp-pc-eng.pdf

Stade, B., Ali, A., Bennett, D., Campbell, D., Johnston, M., Lens, C., and Koren, G. (2009). The burden of prenatal exposure to alcohol: Revised measurement of cost. Can J Clin Pharmacol, 16, e91-e102.