It is a pattern of mental and physical defects
which develops in some unborn babies when
the mother drinks excessive alcohol during
It can stunt fetal growth or weight, create
distinctive facial stigmata, damage neurons
and brain structures, and cause other
physical , mental or behavioral problems
Is it found in the U.S. that 10-15% of women
report having recently used alcohol , and up
to 30% use alcohol at some point during
Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) is often called
the number one preventable birth defect.
Meaning it can not be prevented and that
you were born with it.
Despite counseling of pregnant women to
avoid alcohol, large numbers of babies are
born with FAS. At present, no effective
treatments exist that can prevent or reverse
FAS after fetal exposure to alcohol.