Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders– an overview of current evidence and activities in the UK

Schölin L, Mukherjee RAS, Aiton N, et alFetal alcohol spectrum disorders: an overview of current evidence and activities in the UKArchives of Disease in Childhood Published Online First: 13 January 2021. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2020-320435


Estimates for the UK suggest that alcohol consumption during pregnancy and prevalence of Fetal
Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) – the most common neurodevelopmental condition – are high.
Considering the significant health and social impacts of FASD, there is a public health imperative to prioritise prevention, interventions and support. In this article we outline the current state of play regarding FASD knowledge and research in the UK, which is characterised by a lack of evidence, a lack of dedicated funding and services, and consequently little policy formulation and strategic direction. We highlight progress made to date, as well as current knowledge and service gaps to propose a way forward for UK research.

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