Prenatal alcohol exposure and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder: A clinical perspective

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Abstract

Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is acknowledged as the leading known cause of preventable non-genetic learning disability in the Western world [1, 2]. FASD is a lifelong condition which is only caused by prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE). It is crucial that women who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy are fully informed with clear, evidence based guidance on alcohol consumption in pregnancy and the risks of harm. National and international advice now advocates total abstinence in pregnancy; termed 0-4-9 by many campaigns [3, 4]. This article aims to raise awareness and inform healthcare professionals of the latest evidence to improve the prevention, diagnosis and management of FASD.
Original languageEnglish
Pages5-10
Number of pages5
Volume40
No.3
Specialist publicationALCOHOLIS Medical Research Council on Alcohol
Publication statusPublished - 12 Sep 2019
Externally publishedYes

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