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.
The CCSA reports that Canadians have increased their alcohol use. The highest increase is among 18 to 54 year olds. This coincides with isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There is a prediction that the isolation of young couples will lead to a baby boom in 2021.
Therefore, 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). The press release also states that evidence shows there is no safe level of alcohol use during pregnancy.
Canadians are asked to:
- Ensure that they are using a reliable contraceptive if they are not planning to be pregnant.
- Avoid alcohol use when planning a pregnancy.
- Avoid alcohol use during pregnancy.
- Seek out alternative coping strategies and support for managing the influences or pressures to consume alcohol.
- Seek information about risks and available support from reliable sources.
- Take contact with the healthcare provider or other trusted practitioners.