Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Governor John R. Kasich has designated September as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness and Prevention Month “to encourage expectant mothers to combat the ills of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) by remembering that during the nine months of pregnancy a woman should abstain from alcohol.”
FASD is an irreversible, lifelong condition that affects every aspect of a child’s life and the lives of the child’s family – there is no cure for FASD. These effects may include physical, mental, behavioral and/or learning disabilities with lifelong implications.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Surgeon General, there is no known safe amount or safe time to drink alcohol during pregnancy. CDC urges pregnant women not to drink alcohol any time during pregnancy.
If you know a woman who is pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, urge her not to drink alcohol.
Fast Facts about FASD
The Ohio Department of Health’s 2014 the Prenatal Alcohol Use fact sheet provides significant information:
- Close to 60 percent of Ohio mothers reported drinking three months before pregnancy.
- Approximately 7 percent of mothers reported drinking during the last three months of pregnancy.
- Alcohol use has not changed significantly from 2006-2010, before or during pregnancy.
- Eighty-nine (89) babies are born with FAS (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome – the most severe diagnosis) each year.
- One thousand one hundred ninety-three (1,193) babies are born with FASD each year.
- An estimated 114,000 Ohioans live with FASD.
Page updated: 9/5/2014