Alcohol Affects Every Woman and Every Fetus Differently
Although a lack of medical evidence exists to indicate the amount of alcohol that leads to Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS); the understanding is that women and fetuses process alcohol differently. Other factors such as current age, diet, and health of the mother and incidence of alcohol ingestion (i.e., binge drinking) also need to be considered.
Drinking While Pregnant Causes Birth Defects
Drinking during pregnancy has been linked to numerous birth and behavioral defects—including slow growth and developmental delay, abnormal facial features, brain and neurological defects, mood disorders, mental retardation, and separation anxiety.
The Physical Damage of Drinking While Pregnant
Consuming even one alcoholic beverage each week while pregnant can cause an unborn child permanent and/or delayed physical, behavioral, and mental damage that may not show itself until adolescence.
The Physical Signs of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome on Newborns
Common physical signs and symptoms of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome at birth include a combination of low birth weight, small head, improperly working organs or complete organ dysfunction, small eyes, flat cheeks, and other facial abnormalities such as flat philtrum (the natural furrow between the nose and upper lip).
FAS Linked to Learning Disabilities in School-Aged Children
Fetal alcohol syndrome often displays itself in mild to severe learning disabilities—including reading difficulties (i.e., dyslexia), trouble focusing, low patience tolerance, and lack of social boundaries—when kids enter their first year of school.