As more people are home due to social distancing we have seen reports of the increased sales of alcohol throughout the United States. With increased consumption of alcohol comes increased concern about the potential risks to expectant mothers. We understand the difficulties of these times and encourage everyone to stay safe and informed.
The National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS) affiliate in North Carolina posted a topical blog addressing drinking during high stress times.
Remember, During Pregnancy:
There is no safe amount of alcohol to drink… not even a little!
There is no safe type of alcohol to drink … not even wine or beer!
There is no safe time during pregnancy to drink… not even before the woman knows she is pregnant!
To learn more and find resources about alcohol and pregnancy and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) visit www.thewhole9.org.
It is estimated that as many as 1 out of every 20 babies born will have damage from prenatal alcohol exposure.
Alcohol use during pregnancy is a leading preventable cause of intellectual disabilities and other birth defects.
All major medical associations in the United States agree that no amount of any type of alcohol during pregnancy is known to be safe.
If you have questions about drug or alcohol use and would like to speak to a counselor, we encourage you to use the free, anonymous online Ask A Counselor resource from National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse.