Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

  • Understanding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders fact sheet. The term fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) refers to the wide range of physical, behavioral, and cognitive impairments that occur due to alcohol exposure before birth (also known as prenatal alcohol exposure). These impairments may appear at any time during childhood and last a lifetime.  New
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders research. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)—part of the National Institutes of Health, the Nation's medical research agency—funds research on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) with projects on preventing prenatal alcohol exposure, treating women with alcohol use disorder, improving the diagnosis of FASD, establishing more precise prevalence estimates of FASD in the United States, increasing our understanding of the effects of alcohol on the unborn child, and developing effective interventions to mitigate the health effects on individuals prenatally exposed to alcohol.  New
  • Alcohol-Related Birth Defects (ARBD), The Past, Present and Future (.pdf) February 2001 Alcohol research & health: the journal of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism 25(3):153-8, DOI:10.1037/e603882012-001, Authors: Kenneth R Warren, National Institutes of Health, Laurie L. Foudin  Updated
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders United (FASD United) (formerly National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome – NOFAS), is the leading voice and resource of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). Founded in 1990, FASD United uses 30+ years of experience and partnerships across public, tribal, and private sector communities, and puts it to use bridging the gaps between research, policies, practices, and lived experiences to address the extraordinary complexities of FASD and support for those living with it so they can reach their full potential.  Updated
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Identification fact sheet (.pdf)
  • FASD: What You Should Know fact sheet (.pdf)  Updated
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) are a group of conditions that can occur in a person whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy. FASD is 100% preventable if a woman does not drink alcohol during pregnancy.

    Please note: In order to use less stigmatizing language, a revised definition of FASD is now in use. The phrase "in an individual whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy" has been replaced with "in an individual prenatally exposed to alcohol."  New

  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) is an umbrella term used to describe the range of effects that can occur in an individual with prenatal alcohol exposure. These effects can have lifelong implications including physical, mental, behavior, and/or learning issues. from HealthyChildren.org
  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: KidsHealth for Parents information you can trust about kids and teens that's free of "doctor speak".
  • Fetal Alcohol And Drug Unit, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, [University of Washington School of Medicine]
  • Patterns and Alcohol-Related Birth Defects (.pdf) February 2001 Alcohol research & health: the journal of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism 25(3):168-74. Authors: Susan E. Maier, James R West, Texas A&M University System Health Science.  Updated