Monday Series (4)- FASD Facts for Health Professionals

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Thank to Nofas Autralia for putting these facts together!

 

  • Fact #22. High socio-economic status is a strong predictor for alcohol use (McCormack, Hutchinson, Burns, Wilson, Elliott, Allsop, Najman, Jacobs, Rossen, Olsson & Mattick, 2017).

 

  • Fact #23.  There is no threshold for prenatal alcohol exposure required for diagnosis of FASD (Bower & Elliott, 2016)

 

  • Fact #24. 1 in 4 pregnant women continue drinking during pregnancy, & of these, 96% report drinking 1 or 2 standard drinks (defined as 10g of ethanol) in a typical drinking session (2013 National Drug Strategy Household Survey, 2014)

 

  • Fact #25.  61% of pregnant women drank between conception and pregnancy recognition. Binge and heavy drinking the most common (McCormack, Hutchinson, Burns, Wilson, Elliott, Allsop, Najman, Jacobs, Rossen, Olsson & Mattick, 2017)

 

  • Fact #26. Global prevalence is conservatively estimated at 7.7 per 1000 population (95% CI, 4.9-11.7 per 1000 population) and is much higher in populations with risky levels of drinking(Lange, Probst, Gmel, Rehm, Burd & Popova, 2017).

 

  • Fact #27. Without intervention individuals living with FASD risk developing secondary issues such as school failure, addictions, mental health disorders, dependent living, unemployment, homelessness & incarceration (Popova et al., 2016).

 

  • Fact #28.  1/3 women binge drank during their pregnancy on a ‘special occasion’ (Muggli et al., 2016)

 

NOFASD Australia is an independent not-for-profit charitable organization. They are the national peak organization representing the interests of individuals and families living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).

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