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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
When a pregnant woman drinks alcohol, so does her unborn baby.  There is no known safe amount of alcohol to drink while pregnant and there also does not appear to be a safe time to drink during pregnancy either.  Therefore, it is recommended that women abstain from drinking alcohol at any time during pregnancy.  Women who are sexually active and do not use effective birth control should also refrain from drinking because they could become pregnant and not know for several weeks or more. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

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Facilitator Training Available -- Offered by Double ARC / NOFAS Ohio


What are FAS and FASDs?

bullet How common are FAS and FASDs?
bullet What are the characteristics of children with FAS and other FASDs?
bullet How can we prevent FASDs?

Featured Publications


Women's Health Issues:
Policy and Financing Issues for Preconception and Interconception Health

Science Dircet: Download supplement

AJOG: Preconception Health and Health Care: The Clinical Content of Preconception Care

Click here to order these journal supplements from the
CDC Publication Fulfillment Center. 

Note: Scroll to the bottom of the publication page to see journal supplement

CE Credits Available
MMWR Recommendations and Reports - Guidelines for Identifying and Referring Persons with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Patterns and average volume of alcohol use among women of childbearing age

Preventing Alcohol-Exposed Pregnancies: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Tracking binge drinking among U.S. childbearing-age women

Reducing Adverse Outcomes from Prenatal Alcohol Exposure: A Clinical Plan of Action

Alcohol consumption among women who are pregnant or who might become pregnant

CDC Activities



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Date: January 08, 2009
Content source: National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities


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Tool Kit CoverFASD Prevention Tool Kit for Women's Health Care Providers
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K-12 Curriculum: Available from NOFAS

Podcasts on alcohol use and pregnancy available in English and Spanish

State data on alcohol consumption rates among women of childbearing age in 2005 and 2006

Read about the Science Ambassador Program and available lesson plans on FAS for middle and high school classrooms

FAS Guidelines for Referral and Diagnosis
Click here to view or download the Guidelines. [PDF document]
Find out how to order copies

Surgeon General's Advisory on Alcohol Use in Pregnancy [PDF document]

Curricula on FASDs and how to access appropriate services for those with FASDs and their families

Pregnancy Information: How to be healthy before, during, and after pregnancy.
Click here to go to CDC's pregnancy information

Contact Info

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
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Atlanta, GA 30333
1-800-CDC-INFO (232-4636)
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