September 9 is International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day. This day was chosen to mark the ninth day of the ninth month of each year to remind people, worldwide, that women should abstain from alcohol during the nine months of pregnancy.
In the U.S. alone, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) affects more than 40,000 infants each year. FASD is a general umbrella term describing the range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother drinks alcohol during pregnancy. These effects may include physical, mental, behavioral, and/or learning disabilities with possible lifelong implications. Early diagnosis and treatment for FASD can help affected children reach their fullest potential, lessen secondary issues, and help family members to better understand the issues.
Ohio’s FASD Initiative, Not a Single Drop, aims to establish efficiency in state systems resource allocation, coordination of services and augmentation of available resources to address FASD. Visit the Not a Single Drop website for more information and resources.
Join the conversation
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS) are hosting a Twitter chat in recognition of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Day. Join Dr. Kenneth Warren, NIAAA Deputy Director, September 9 at 1:00 p.m. – follow the hashtag #NIAAAchat.