FASD Fallacies and Facts
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 alcohol during pregnancy.
Myth #3 Behaviour is a choice. People with FASD just need to try harder.
The Facts • The brain damage associated with FASD often makes it extremely difficult for individuals to control their behaviour. It is not a 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 adults face greater challenges as they get older because their behaviour becomes less acceptable.
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 affected by FASD, but only recently has the enormous prevalence of this developmental delay become recognised.