Ireland is estimated to have the third-highest rate of foetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) and it is reckoned that about 600 babies are born with foetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) every year.
FASD causes life-long problems with a baby’s body, brain and development, which can create problems for them as children and later as adults.
The HSE’s Alcohol Programme spoke to women who were pregnant and women considering becoming pregnant when developing their campaign to mark Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day that takes place today.
“The overall message we heard from these women was that there is a lot of misleading information and confusion around alcohol and pregnancy,” said the HSE.
Source: Evelyn Ring, Irish Examiner, 9th September 2019