Myths versus Fact

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.

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