DID YOU KNOW……. The destructive and irresponsible use of alcohol and other drugs costs North Carolina more than $5.5 billion annually. Approximately 15% of the national health care budget is spent on treating conditions related to substance abuse, including alcohol!. FETAL ALCOHOL SYNDROME.
The facial features of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
can be seen in both a child and a mouse fetus
that were exposed to alcohol during development.
child with FAS
Short palpebral fissures
Long upper lip with
THE FACE OF A CHILD
WITH FULL-BLOWN FAS
HAS FEATURES THAT
CAN BE CAUSED BY
DAMAGE TO MIDLINE
MATERNAL ALCOHOL ABUSE IS THE LEADING KNOWN CAUSE OF MENTAL RETARDATION IN THE WESTERN WORLD
How much is too much ???
12 oz beer = 5 oz wine = shot of liquor in a mixed drink
Each contains the same amount of alcohol and all can cause damage to a developing baby!
Frequent drinking is defined as 7
or more drinks per week or 5 or more
drinks on at least one occasion.
There is no known “safe” amount of alcohol that a pregnant woman can drink and not risk damaging her baby; therefore, pregnant women should not drink!
Alcohol-relatedbirth defectslast a lifetime.
BIRTH DEFECTS ARE