EUFASD News 6 February 2023

The Courier (Scotland) – Fife mum on raising awareness of FASD – the ‘hidden’ condition more common than autism and ADHD
As a new report says Scotland needs a long-term plan for helping health professionals identify foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), Michael Alexander speaks to a Fife mother who has first-hand experience of the “carnage” it can cause.

ABC (Australia) – Experts say earlier FASD diagnosis a key step in tackling Alice Springs youth crime wave
For Warlpiri man Lachlan Sharpe, the Alice Springs youth crime crisis is much more than children causing chaos on the streets.

News24 (South Africa) – Understanding FASD
In preparation for the holiday season Reality Learning SA, based in Strand and managed by Bernadette Duddy and her team, donated their time and knowledge to educate some of the Sir Lowry’s Pass residents on the lifelong effects of alcohol on an unborn child.

Undark Magazine – For Children With Fetal Alcohol Exposure, A Gap in Support
WHEN SANDY BAGWELL began fostering a three-week-old baby in 2019, she knew there was a chance he might have been exposed to drugs or alcohol in the womb. His birth mother, Bagwell said, had struggled with substance use disorders for years.

Medium – FASD Is the Remains When Alcohol Roils a Pregnancy
Children bear the brunt of unwise actions as they lie helpless in the womb, bombarded by a poison that will mark them for life.

CDC – Alcohol Use, Screening, and Brief Intervention Among Pregnant Persons — 24 U.S. Jurisdictions, 2017 and 2019
In 2017 and 2019, during their most recent health care visit, 80% of pregnant persons reported being asked about their alcohol use; only 16% of those with past 30-day alcohol consumption were advised by a health care provider to quit or reduce their alcohol use.

The SalfordFASD team based in the School of Health and Society at the University of Salford has been ranked as the research group with the most expertise on foetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) in the UK.

CanFASD Blog (Canada) – New Resource: Plain Language Guide for the UNCRPD
Human Rights are a universal standard to make sure all people have the opportunity to live with dignity and freedom from fear of harassment and discrimination.

Dalgarno Institute (USA) – Most Children With Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Are Prescribed Psychotropic Medications
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) are characterized by problems within 3 domains: self-regulation, neurocognition, and adaptive skills. In the US, it is estimated that 1–5% of children meet criteria for FASD.