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More than a quarter of children aged 18 to 25 do not know that women should avoid alcohol during pregnancy, study shows

  • Survey of 2,000 Britons assessed knowledge of fetal alcohol disorders
  • A quarter of young people did not know that a pregnant woman should not drink
  • Almost half (49%) of the 18-25 year olds interviewed said they obtained information about alcohol during pregnancy on social media

A quarter of adults aged 18 to 25 are unaware that women should not drink alcohol during pregnancy, according to a survey of 2,000 Britons.

An impressive 26% admitted that they did not know that official guidance states that a woman, if she is pregnant, should avoid alcohol completely.

Only 17% of young adults correctly identified exposure to alcohol in the womb as causing more long-term harm to a baby than other substances, such as heroin.

Only 26% of children aged 18 to 25 were aware that official guidelines state that a woman, if pregnant, should avoid alcohol completely (stock)

Almost half (49%) of people aged 18 to 25 surveyed said they obtained information about alcohol during pregnancy on social media, while four out of ten discussed it with a teacher.

The survey was conducted by the National Organization for FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders).

Sandra Butcher, executive director of the British branch of the National Organization for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS-UK), said: “Information is power. It is deeply worrying that so few young people are aware of the dangers.

Almost half (49%) of the people between 18 and 25 years old interviewed said they obtained information about alcohol during pregnancy on social media, while four out of ten discussed it with a teacher (stock)

Almost half (49%) of people aged 18 to 25 interviewed said they obtained information about alcohol during pregnancy on social media, while four out of ten discussed it with a teacher (stock)

Pregnant women should avoid alcohol or risk harming their children

Pregnant women should not drink alcoholic beverages because the chemical can pass into the baby's body.

The liver is one of the last organs to finish growing in the womb; therefore, babies exposed to alcohol may lack natural defenses against harm – in adults, the liver filters it to reduce harm.

Drinking during the first trimester may increase the risk of miscarriage, premature birth or low birth weight.

Whereas drinking later in pregnancy increases the chance of the baby being born with health problems.

Babies of mothers who drank regularly during pregnancy can develop a serious condition called fetal alcohol syndrome.

This can cause physical deformities (notably the eyes can be parted and develop a large forehead and thin upper lip), in addition to disability.

Babies with severe fetal alcohol syndrome may have learning difficulties, behavior problems or even develop cerebral palsy.

About 6,000 to 7,000 babies are thought to be born in the UK each year with fetal alcohol syndrome, according to the charity Mencap.

Source: NHS

“Exposure to alcohol in pregnancy has a greater impact over the life of the brain and body than heroin. FASD is preventable – no alcohol, no risk.

However, the study found that 22% managed to identify that the acronym FASD stands for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.

FASD is the brain-based lifelong condition that can result from exposure to alcohol in the womb.

This can cause physical deformities (notably the eyes can be parted and develop a large forehead and thin upper lip), in addition to disability.

About 6,000 to 7,000 babies are thought to be born in the UK each year with fetal alcohol syndrome, according to the charity Mencap.

Babies with severe fetal alcohol syndrome may have learning difficulties, behavior problems or even develop cerebral palsy.

Studies have shown that FASD is more prevalent than autism, but it is widely diagnosed or not.

FASD specialist Jo Buckard, a health and social care professor, said: “Progress has been made, but no one should be at ease with these numbers.

& # 39; If a quarter of people of childbearing age have not yet received the message, this can lead to a massive risk of FASD.

"Add to that the fact that during this blockade it is more difficult to gain access to contraceptives and pregnancy tests, it is a perfect storm for a possible future increase in FASD."

Sandra Butcher, executive director of NOFAS-UK, added: “We hope that schools and community groups will be behind this initiative.

& # 39; Young people need to know why it matters.

"Adults have ignored this for so long, we believe that, once they have the facts, the next generation will be the only one to stop this hidden and preventable epidemic."

Fears of a spike in babies born with alcohol damage due to alcohol and drug abuse

Women are being urged to reduce alcohol consumption for fear that it may cause an increase in alcohol damage in babies conceived during the coronavirus pandemic.

A survey by the Foundation for Research and Education on Alcohol recently found that Australians were drinking 70% more during isolation.

Sydney University professor Elizabeth Elliott said that, together with the increased time that the partners spent together, meant that there was an increased risk of pregnancy and alcohol damage.

Professor Elliott said it is a myth that only high consumption rates can cause problems, such as Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder.

Prenatal alcohol exposure can present neurological development problems in children that can affect their ability to think, learn, focus their attention and control their behavior and emotions.

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