FASD The Course > Module 5: FASD Prevention > 4. Introduction
Module 5: FASD Prevention
To prevent FASD, it is necessary to prevent alcohol use
by pregnant women and to reduce pregnancy risk among women who drink. Many women are not aware
of the dangers of drinking while pregnant. Some physicians still advise that
occasional drinking presents no risk. However, researchers have not identified
a safe amount of alcohol or a safe time to drink during pregnancy. Any alcohol
use during pregnancy can harm the baby.
In some cases, pregnancies are unplanned and women who use alcohol do not
realize they are pregnant. Some may drink frequently or binge drink (four
or more drinks in about two hours). Reducing risky levels of drinking among all
women of childbearing age can reduce the number of children born with an
FASD. Providing effective family planning services to women who use alcohol
may also help.