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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Toolkit.

Scottish Government, 2013

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is the leading known preventable cause of permanent learning disability worldwide and is caused by maternal use of alcohol during pregnancy. Avoiding alcohol during pregnancy and when contemplating pregnancy is the only way to be sure that the baby will not be affected by FASD. Affected children can have a wide range of physical, growth and neuro-behavioural problems which impact on their everyday lives and limit their independence.

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) are permanent lifelong developmental disabilities caused by maternal USE of alcohol during pregnancy. Worldwide incidence is estimated at 9/1000 live births.

Alcohol consumption in Scotland is high, but recognition of children affected by fetal alcohol harm in the UK is poor, much lower than in other parts of the world.

Materials in this toolkit include fact sheets about how alcohol can damage the fetus, recipes for non-alcoholic cocktails, and some ideas that can be used to organise and support local awareness events or staff training.

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