Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD)

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Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) describes the effects that result from prenatal alcohol exposure.

Key points

  • Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause many different problems for the baby that could lead to physical problems and problems with learning, attention, memory and behaviour.
  • Problems caused by drinking during pregnancy are called fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).
  • There is no cure for FASD, but it may be possible to get help for specific problems. It is important to diagnose FASD early.
  • If you are pregnant, do not drink alcohol.
Last updated: July 4th 2023