Tagged: FASD

REPORT: Personality Traits Associated with Smoking and Alcohol Use Prior to and during Pregnancy

This study demonstrated a significant relationship between personality traits and women’s likelihood of continued alcohol consumption prior to and during pregnancy. Understanding personality-based determinants of health-detrimental behavior is important in order to design interventions that aim at decreasing rates of maladaptive health behaviors among pregnant women…

NEWS: Canada: Prevention of FASD during COVID-19

As new data show Canadian alcohol consumption is on the rise during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canada Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Research Network and the Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health have teamed up to make an extra effort for the prevention of FASD.. In a press release, the two organizations remind Canadians that alcohol use during pregnancy can cause harm to fetal health and result in lifetime effects known as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)…

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NEWS: Worldwide Alcohol Policy Newsletter Week #17

Welcome to another week of carefully curated highlights from Alcohol Policy News, Latest Science Digest, and Big Alcohol Watch.
This week, alcohol policy news come from South Africa, Sri Lanka, Europe, Thailand, and Russia.
The Latest Science Digest covers issues of COVID-19 and mental health, the factors contributing to the decline in youth alcohol use in Nordic countries, and question of how to identify substance use during pregnancy.
The Big Alcohol Watch exposes how the political activity of the alcohol industry to weaken alcohol laws in the United States, as well as unethical alcohol marketing during the COVID-19 public health crisis.
This week’s Special Feature sheds more light on the topic of alcohol as major obstacle to development…

REPORT: Identifying Use of Alcohol and Other Substances during ­Pregnancy

This report has briefly described the antenatal care system in each of the Nordic countries, how the use of alcohol, in particular, is identified, and by which screening instruments. Rather than reviewing or comparing which screening instruments are the most appropriate in identifying use of alcohol among pregnant women, the aim has been to describe the screening instruments available and used in the Nordic countries…

NEWS: Dad’s Alcohol Use Can Harm Baby, Too

According to research, dad’s alcohol use can harm the baby too. It has been found that dad’s sperm could be responsible for foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), which affects one in every 100 infants. Children with FASD are affected by mental disability, developmental disorders and abnormal facial features…

NEWS: USA: The Crisis of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

The USA is facing a crisis of fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) with the rising level of addiction in the country. Despite this, political action to end FAS and other alcohol harms has been lacking across governments in the country.
The main fetal alcohol program at the federal mental health agency was discontinued in 2015. Since then there has been no constituency organized enough to get fetal alcohol syndrome back on the national agenda. The harm from FAS is however grave for the country causing billions of dollars, straining the criminal justice system, tearing up families — and causing disabilities that are largely preventable…

NEWS: Australia: Alcohol Warning Labels Overcome Industry Opposition

Australia and New Zealand will be implementing alcohol warning labels after finally overcoming alcohol industry opposition.
Late last year, the Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) released a draft new label for alcohol bottles warning pregnant women to not consume alcohol.
Since the release of the label, Big Alcohol has been lobbying aggressively against it. Alcohol manufacturers made almost 100 submissions to FSANZ arguing against its proposed warning label design…

MEMBER NEWS: IOGT-NTO, Sweden: New Report About Alcohol, Pregnancy and Infant Health

IOGT-NTO in Sweden has released a new report about alcohol harm during pregnancy and for infant health.
A key finding from the report, that is a collaboration between IOGT-NTO, Gothenburg University, and other expert groups is that preventing alcohol harm before, during and after pregnancy is a shared responsibility, including mother AND father…

REPORT: Evidence of Detrimental Effects of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure on Offspring

Based on evidence from several studies, we found a likely causal detrimental role of prenatal alcohol exposure on cognitive outcomes, and weaker evidence for a role in low birthweight. None of the included studies was judged to be at low risk of bias in all domains, results should therefore be interpreted with caution…

NEWS: Australia: Big Alcohol Claims Pregnancy Warning Too Costly

The newest strategy of Big Alcohol against pregnancy warning in Australia is claims that the label is too costly. Since Food Standard Australia and New Zealand released a draft label for alcohol bottles with pregnancy warning, the industry has been fighting hard against it…