State Raising Awareness Of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Rob Poindexter

Updated 12 months ago

Monday was Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Day.More than 10% of pregnant women ages 15-to-44 in Maine reported they were drinking alcohol.That’s according to Maine’s Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services.More than 2% of the pregnant women who admitted to drinking reported binge drinking, or having four or more drinks in a row.The office says during pregnancy there is no safe amount or type of alcohol.”50-percent of births in this country are not planned,” said Andrea Pasco, the state director working to combat Fetal Alcohol syndrome. “And most women don’t know for many weeks that they actually are pregnant. And alcohol drunk during those early weeks can have a severely profound impact on their baby’s brain.”For more information about fetal alcohol syndrome or for help quitting drinking you can log on to:http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/samhs/


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