Alcohol and pregnancy

Alcohol and pregancy don't mix - Up-to-date information suggests that there is no safe level of alcohol at any time during pregnancy.


Any alcohol that a woman drinks – even the smallest amount – will enter the bloodstream and pass through the placenta to the baby.


It is known that alcohol can cause potentially serious harm to the unborn baby.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a range of symptoms that occur in a child whose mother drank alcohol during her pregnancy. The most severe type of FASD is Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS).


Characteristics of FAS:

1. Distinctive facial features
  • small head
  • small eye opening
  • thin upper lip
  • smooth area between nose and upper lip
  • longer fold of skin at upper eyelid
  • abnormally small jaw
2. Brain Damage
3. Heart Defects
4. Slow physical growth
5. Behavioural problems such as poor impulse control and hyperactivity

There is no cure for FASD but it is completely preventable!


No Alcohol, No Risk


Useful Links

  • NOFAS-UK - The National Organisation for Foetal Alcohol Syndrome is dedicated to supporting people affected by foetal alcohol spectrum disorder, their families and their communities.
  • Fasdscotland - Offers information and advice relating to foetal alcohol spectrum disorder.
  • E-Learning Resource on Fetal Alcohol Harm - The resource provides comprehensive and up to date information for professionals on the prevention, identification and management of fetal alcohol harm in a lively and interactive format.
  • Health Promoting Health Service - Case Study

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