September 9 is Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Awareness Day
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, like all Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), is completely preventable if a woman does not consume alcohol during the nine months of pregnancy. Yet, alcohol-exposed pregnancies continue to be a leading cause of birth defects and intellectual disability in the United States, and children with an FASD often go unrecognized or are misdiagnosed, even as adults.
On the ninth day of the ninth month, “Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Awareness Day” is observed to bring awareness about fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, how important it is not to drink alcohol while pregnant, and how to find help.
Visit the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) site for more information about FASD.
Do you know someone in Fairfax County who is pregnant and needs help to control their use of alcohol or drugs? Call the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board at 703-383-8500, TTY 711, for information, resources and referral.