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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

We look at Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) through a prevention lens.

Our FASD paper provides overview, the impact of stigma on women, and outlines FASD prevention efforts that can be implemented by healthcare providers and in the community.


FASD affects all communities in which alcohol is consumed and it requires a community approach to prevention. There is a role for everyone to play. Women need support from partners, families, friends, healthcare and social service providers to avoid alcohol when planning a pregnancy, and during pregnancy.


The impact of FASD on a person is lifelong and targeted prevention is required for groups at risk. A campaign to raise awareness of the risks of drinking during pregnancy has been developed with the following key messages: Alcohol should be avoided during pregnancy (and whilst planning). All members of the community are responsible in reducing the risk, including the partner, family, friends and health care professionals. The campaign targets people that are pregnant (or trying to conceive) and health professionals.

Stakeholder Kit

A toolkit has been compiled to provide you with online resources that can be shared with your community.