What does history teach us about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder?

The Prevention Conversation: A Shared Responsibility Project

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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder – FASD Awareness Day 2017

What does history teach us about FASD?

Is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) a new and emerging disability, or was it always present but hidden and ignored?

To many people the mention of history conjures up a classroom, perhaps on a hot and listless summer afternoon and a topic of limited interest to you. But in the study and understanding of FASD; reviewing the past will assist prevention in the future.

The human race has enjoyed a 9,000-year-old love affair with alcohol. Like all long-standing relationships, our relationship with alcohol is a complex one. It once kept us warm, fostering feelings of friendship and camaraderie around the firesides of ancient times. Many cultures brewed and distilled and used these products for consumption, ceremonial purposes and celebrations. From the Egyptians of 5,000 years ago to the Incas of 1,000…

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