NIAAA – In Memoriam: Ann Streissguth
The NIAAA community mourns the passing of Ann P. Streissguth, Ph.D., who died on August 1, 2023. An internationally renowned expert on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), Dr. Streissguth and colleagues published the first study identifying “fetal alcohol syndrome” in the United States and its link to maternal alcohol consumption during pregnancy.

Ministry of Health (New Zealand) – Pregnancy warning labels required on alcoholic drinks
Packaged alcoholic drinks produced from today will need to carry a warning label that alcohol can cause harm to unborn babies. “New Zealand Food Safety wants to support pregnant people to be able to make the right health choice for themselves and their babies,” said New Zealand Food Safety deputy-director general Vincent Arbuckle.

The Detroit News (USA) – Greenspan: Justice requires fetal alcohol evaluation for Oxford shooter
An Oakland County judge is considering whether Oxford High School shooter Ethan Crumbley, who pleaded guilty to killing four classmates and shooting seven others in 2021 when he was 15, should be eligible for the most severe sentence available in Michigan: life without the possibility of parole.

Irish Examiner (Ireland) – No brainer: Alcohol’s harmful impact on brain health — from cradle to grave
Two new reports outline the impacts of both alcohol and mental health across Ireland. Missing from the discussion is the clear links between alcohol and brain health at all ages, from very early days in the womb right up to old age, writes Catherine Conlon

Time – What Prohibition Can Teach Us About Drug and Alcohol Policy Today
It’s widely understood today that drinking while pregnant is harmful for the fetus. But the link between alcohol and the health of infants wasn’t as well known in the 1930s, when prohibition was repealed in the U.S. and all sorts of people, pregnant women included, began drinking again.

FASD United – TIME Article Utilized Incorrect Terminology for FASD- We Respond
A TIME Magazine article released on August 2nd, 2023 about prohibition has been flagged by our team at FASD United for using inaccurate terminology. While the article itself is well-written and relevant, its use of outdated language to describe prenatal alcohol exposure is not excusable after almost twenty years of updated information.

Limitless – Championing Awareness: Andrew Keeping’s Impact on FASD and Disability Advocacy
In a world where understanding and support for individuals with disabilities are vital, some rise above and become true champions of change. Andrew Keeping, the renowned concert classical guitarist, has captivated audiences with his musical talents and dedicated himself to advocating for those living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) and championing disability awareness.

1919 Magazine (Scotland) – Ticking timebomb
Campaigners are calling for greater awareness of foetal alcohol spectrum disorder as shocking numbers of people with the condition are ending up in prison with little or no support