Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) is an umbrella term describing the range of effects that occur in an individual prenatally exposed to alcohol.
Center for Family Strengthening promotes a local culture that supports women in their efforts to abstain from alcohol, tobacco or other harmful substances during pregnancy.
Our vision is a San Luis Obispo County community where every child is born free of the effects of prenatal exposure to alcohol, tobacco or other harmful substances.
In 2005, the US Surgeon General stated, “No amount of alcohol consumption can be considered safe during pregnancy.”
Key Facts on Alcohol and Pregnancy
There is no safe amount or type of alcohol to consume during pregnancy. Any amount of alcohol, even if it’s just one glass of wine, passes from the mother to the baby. It makes no difference if the alcohol is wine, beer, or liquor (vodka, rum, tequila, etc.)
Alcohol causes more harm than heroin or cocaine during pregnancy. The Institute of Medicine says, “Of all the substances of abuse (including cocaine, heroin, and marijuana), alcohol produces by far the most serious neurobehavioral effects in the fetus.”
FASD Prevention efforts include raising community awareness about the benefits of healthy pregnancy and the consequences of prenatal exposure to alcohol, tobacco or other harmful substances.
September is FASD Awareness Month
September 9th is International FASD Awareness Day