NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - September 9 is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Day, created to increase our recognition of the risks associated with drinking alcohol during pregnancy. Just one drink of alcohol during pregnancy places the baby at risk of FASD.

FASD is a group of conditions that can include physical disabilities, as well as difficulties with behavior and learning. These various conditions are lifelong and irreversible, and can affect a person in different ways, ranging from mild to severe.

There is no known type, or amount, of alcohol that is safe to drink at any time during pregnancy. The good news is that FASD is completely preventable. Avoiding alcohol ensures against FASD.

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We all can raise awareness by sharing the risks associated with FASD with the women in our lives who are of childbearing age. Since pregnancies are sometimes unplanned, it is important for women to know that whenever becoming pregnant is possible, as well as during pregnancy, it is vital to avoid drinking alcohol.

Share with your friends and family that women who avoid alcohol while pregnant, or whenever pregnancy is possible, will eliminate the risk of FASD.