Myths versus Fact

Myth #1 FASD is readily apparent from a person’s looks.

The Facts • The majority of people with FASD show no physical symptoms of the disability. Research has revealed only a short period during pregnancy when alcohol use can affect a child’s facial features.

Myth #2 FASD occurs only when mothers binge drink or are alcoholics. Drinking in moderation won’t cause FASD.

The Facts • There is no known safe amount of alcohol during pregnancy, and there is no “safe time” to drink when expecting.

Myth #3 Behaviour is a choice. People with FASD just need to try harder.

The Facts • The brain differences associated with FASD often makes it extremely difficult for individuals to control their behaviour. It is not about choice.

Myth #4 FASD affects children and adolescents. Adults don’t have it.

The Facts • FASD is a permanent, life-long disability. Rather than being able to “outgrow” FASD, many youth and adults face greater challenges as they get older because society sees the behaviour without recognizing the invisible disability.

Myth #5 FASD is an Aboriginal disease. Only Aboriginals have FASD.

The Facts • FASD is solely and directly the result of prenatal exposure to alcohol. It affects people of all races, ages, cultures, classes, genders and sexualities.

Myth #6 FASD is just the latest trendy disability.

The Facts • There have always been people with FASD, but only recently has the enormous prevalence of this developmental delay become recognised.

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