About rffada

“We understand that we cannot solve the problems related to prenatal alcohol exposure on our own. That’s why working in partnership with others is critical to achieving our goals. These relationships are a key part of the work we do around Australia and we are glad to have partners who understand the importance of this work”. Anne […]

Russell Family Fetal Alcohol Disorders Association

The Russell Family Fetal Alcohol Disorders Association (rffada) is a not-for-profit health promotion charity dedicated to ensuring that individuals affected prenatally by alcohol have access to diagnostic services, support and multidisciplinary management planning in Australia and that carers and parents are supported with a “no blame no shame” ethos. Rffada Patron: The Honourable Dr Sharman […]

Is light drinking during pregnancy okay?


Posted in Science Alert: Experts Respond on October 6th, 2010.

Woman drinking wineNew research drawing on data from the UK’s Millenium Cohort Study, a large study tracking the long term health of children born in the UK, suggests that light drinking during pregnancy does not harm a child’s behavioural or intellectual development.


The research, published today in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health (A BMJ journal) drew on a sample of 11,513 children and interviewed participants’ mothers about their drinking patterns during pregnancy and other social and economic factors that may impact a child’s development, when the children were aged 9 months.

FASD Books available as free download

Elizabeth Russell has made her three books available as a download from her website elizabethrussell.com.au Alcohol and Pregnancy. No Blame — No Shame! A Mother’s Responsible Disturbance Strategies for Employment Service Specialists Go straight to the download page »

Media and Research Roundup (CMigrator copy 1)

FASD News Roundup August 2010

I Australian News

  1. New Norcia Wine Leads the Way with Important Warning Labels
  2. Australian Senator Praises BC Response to FASD (17/12/09)
  3. Alcohol legacy ‘ruins’ children
  4. The 30th Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs (APSAD) Conference 28 November – 1 December 2010 Canberra
  5. FASD is now in the Western Australian “Equality Before the Law” Bench Book
  6. AER Research
  7. ANCD Consultation on Drug and Alcohol Issues

II International News & Media Articles

  1. Canadian Report — Parenting children with FASD
  2. The 4th International Conference in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
  3. Fetal Alcohol Network New Zealand — FASD & Justice Seminar
  4. Prenatal Exposure to Alcohol: The Role of Addiction Psychiatry
  5. Why middle class women are dying for a drink: Alcohol abuse among professional women is causing devastating health problems
  6. Braided Cord – New book on FASD by Liz Kulp
  7. Audiocast for 4th National Biennial Conference on Adults with FASD

III Latest FASD Research

  1. Treatment of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Studied in Mice Peptides derived from neurotrophic factors found to reverse alcohol-induced deficits
  2. Neural processing differences in ADHD in individuals with and without prenatal alcohol exposure
  3. Motor-skill activities hold promise of rewiring children’s damaged brains
  4. Prenatal exposure to alcohol dulls the pain response in babies
  5. Link between Brain Structure and Mathematical Ability may Lead to Better Treatment for Children with FASD
  6. Training Helps Children Make and Keep Friends
  7. Normal distribution of palpebral fissure lengths in canadian school age children.
  8. Dangers of Drug And Alcohol Use During Pregnancy: Medics Ask For More Training
  9. Epilepsy risk rises when pregnant mothers drink
  10. Paternal Genetic Contribution Influences Fetal Vulnerability to Maternal Alcohol Consumption in a Rat Model of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
  11. Fetal alcohol disorders common in Eastern Europe adoptees
  12. Prenatal Alcohol Exposure and Chronic Mild Stress Differentially Alter Depressive- and Anxiety-Like Behaviors in Male and Female Offspring
  13. Genetic and epigenetic insights into fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
  14. New eye test may detect learning disabilities, early Alzheimer’s,FASD
  15. Drinking While Pregnant Tied to Rare Leukemia in Offspring
  16. Repeated third trimester-equivalent ethanol exposure inhibits long-term potentiation in the hippocampal CA1 region of neonatal rats
  17. Screening, Diagnosing and Prevention of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: Is This Syndrome Treatable?
  18. Progress in Fetal and Neonatal Brain Injury Research
  19. Creating a preliminary neurobehavioral profile of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
  20. Pregnant women who drink alcohol may reduce the sperm count of sons
  21. Impact of prenatal alcohol consumption on placenta-associated syndrome