Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: It’s More Common in Certain Groups

According to a new study, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder is more common among orphans, inmates and indigenous groups. They also found that there is no safe amount of alcohol that a pregnant woman can consume.

The research was led by Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and it was published on Tuesday in the journal called Addiction. The study took place in 17 countries, among five subpopulations that were found to be to 40 times more common to the fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).

The results are not quite surprising, and this is the first time FASD frequency has been addressed around the globe, invulnerable sub-populations, if we are to compare the situation with the general population.

People with FASD find it hard to live their life normally

The study comes with evidence that FASD is a common disorder that increases the threat of long-term adversity. It happens because of maternal alcohol consumption during pregnancy. People diagnosed with this disease have different mental and physical difficulties, and they find it hard to live their life, due to mental health, substance abuse, education and the legal system.

They said that they have to decrease the level of FASD prevalence. And to do that, they need to educate the population, generally children and teens. Part of that is to make sure there are no misunderstandings and that misconceptions are cleared. People need to understand that a glass of wine or a can of beer is harmful to a pregnant woman. The fact that it does not harm the kid because it’s just one glass is just a myth. Many people are confused about this matter. In order to plan a pregnancy, you need to keep in mind that you must not drink alcohol two to three months before you get pregnant.

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Meagan Kozlovs

About the Author: Meagan Kozlovs

Meagan Kozlovs is a reporter for Debate Report. She’s worked and interned at Global News Toronto  and CHECX. Megan is based in Toronto and covers issues affecting her city. In addition to her severe milk shake addiction, she’s a Netflix enthusiast, a red wine drinker, and a voracious reader.

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