Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders: An overview of current evidence and activities in the UK

Lisa Schölin, Raja Mukherjee*, Neil Aiton, Carolyn Blackburn, Sarah Brown, Kate Flemming, Paul Gard, Helen Howlett, Moira Plant, Alan Price, Jennifer Shields, Lesley Smith, Michael Suttie, David Zammitt, Penny Cook

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Abstract

Estimates for the UK suggest that alcohol consumption during pregnancy and prevalence of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD)-the most common neurodevelopmental condition-are high. Considering the significant health and social impacts of FASD, there is a public health imperative to prioritise prevention, interventions and support. In this article, we outline the current state of play regarding FASD knowledge and research in the UK, which is characterised by a lack of evidence, a lack of dedicated funding and services, and consequently little policy formulation and strategic direction. We highlight progress made to date, as well as current knowledge and service gaps to propose a way forward for UK research. [Abstract copyright: © Author(s) (or their employer(s)) 2021. No commercial re-use. See rights and permissions. Published by BMJ.]
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)636-640
Number of pages5
JournalArchives of Disease in Childhood
Volume106
Issue number7
Early online date13 Jan 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2021

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