Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

If you are pregnant and drink alcohol, so does your baby. This can hurt your baby's growth and cause life-long physical and behavioral problems. One of the most severe effects of drinking during pregnancy is fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS).
What is Fetal Alcohol Syndrome?

Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) refers to a set of physical and mental defects that are caused by a mother consuming alcohol during pregnancy. The severity of FAS symptoms varies from child to child, but all defects that do occur are irreversible.

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Latest Fetal Alcohol Syndrome News and Research

Miscarriage risk increases with each additional week of alcohol exposure in early pregnancy

Miscarriage risk increases with each additional week of alcohol exposure in early pregnancy

New training manual designed to help health care providers diagnose fetal alcohol spectrum disorders

New training manual designed to help health care providers diagnose fetal alcohol spectrum disorders

MRI reveals signs of fetal alcohol syndrome in the womb

MRI reveals signs of fetal alcohol syndrome in the womb

KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Prepping for a possible pandemic

KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Prepping for a possible pandemic

Study highlights impact of prenatal exposure to alcohol and informs prevention efforts

Study highlights impact of prenatal exposure to alcohol and informs prevention efforts

One-time exposure to cannabinoids during early pregnancy can impair fetal development

One-time exposure to cannabinoids during early pregnancy can impair fetal development

Acetate derived from alcohol metabolism directly influences epigenetic regulation in the brain

Acetate derived from alcohol metabolism directly influences epigenetic regulation in the brain

Ophthalmologists honored at AAO 2019 for exceptional service in medical and surgical eye care

Ophthalmologists honored at AAO 2019 for exceptional service in medical and surgical eye care

Alcohol exposure during pregnancy linked with dose-dependent increase in miscarriage risk

Alcohol exposure during pregnancy linked with dose-dependent increase in miscarriage risk

Essential nutrient may hold promise in the war against Alzheimer's disease

Essential nutrient may hold promise in the war against Alzheimer's disease

High-risk drinking is common in South Africa, study finds

High-risk drinking is common in South Africa, study finds

Targeting specific signaling pathway could provide new avenue for treating fetal alcohol syndrome

Targeting specific signaling pathway could provide new avenue for treating fetal alcohol syndrome

Study finds increased rate of repeat pregnancies in women with intellectual and developmental disabilities

Study finds increased rate of repeat pregnancies in women with intellectual and developmental disabilities

Lithium chloride prevents neurological damage tied to fetal alcohol syndrome, mice study shows

Lithium chloride prevents neurological damage tied to fetal alcohol syndrome, mice study shows

Wayne State receives $2 million NIH grant for new study on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders

Wayne State receives $2 million NIH grant for new study on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders

Evidence for possible impacts of light alcohol consumption during pregnancy is “surprisingly limited,” study reveals

Evidence for possible impacts of light alcohol consumption during pregnancy is “surprisingly limited,” study reveals

Antipsychotics commonly prescribed to adults with IDD, study finds

Antipsychotics commonly prescribed to adults with IDD, study finds

Study identifies potential treatment for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder

Study identifies potential treatment for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder

Alcohol consumption during pregnancy may cause subtle facial changes in babies says new study

Alcohol consumption during pregnancy may cause subtle facial changes in babies says new study

Repeated binge drinking during adolescence can affect brain functions of future offspring

Repeated binge drinking during adolescence can affect brain functions of future offspring