Alcohol During Pregnancy: Is Complete Avoidance Necessary?

No Alcohol during Pregnancy

The FASD Prevention Conversation Project advocates that no amount of alcohol is safe to consume when pregnant or planning a pregnancy. The article below is not endorsed by the project, but does highlight why conversations about alcohol and pregnancy are needed and why these conversations can be difficult.

Alcohol use by pregnant women is regarded as teratogenic, and women are counseled to avoid alcohol during pregnancy. The American College for Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ (ACOG) Committee Opinion on At-Risk Drinking and Alcohol Dependence states unequivocally that obstetricians should give “compelling and clear advice to avoid alcohol use, provide assistance for achieving abstinence, or provide effective contraception to women who require help.”1

Despite these strong statements, the degree of teratogenicity of alcohol remains somewhat controversial, and opinions have evolved over time. For centuries, it has been known that alcohol can harm a fetus.2 For example, abnormalities in babies born to…

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How we drink: Here’s everything you need to know about Canadians’ overall boozy habits

A really interesting look at alcohol consumption trends in Canada.

Written by: Sarah Boesveld | May 15, 2015

Retrieved from: http://news.nationalpost.com/life/how-we-drink-from-how-much-to-how-often-heres-everything-you-need-to-know-about-canadians-boozy-habits




Roughly 80% of Canadians drink alcohol, the boozing majority swelling in size over the better part of a decade. Nearly 22 million Canadians reported throwing back booze in the year 2013, whether it be a tipple or a ton of Tanqueray. Studies show we’re also drinking more than we should: The percentage of Canadians exceeding the low-risk drinking guidelines set out by Canadian health agencies was 18.8% in 2013 compared to 17.6% a decade earlier.

In the year 2014, Canadians over age 15 downed 8 litres of pure booze, or 469 standard drinks. But while ubiquitous beer commercials and these kinds of stats make it seem like we’re on the bottle more than ever, drinkers in the 1989 and the mid-to late 80s actually drank more than we do…

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Documentary on FASD: Call Me Mental

This short documentary on FASD features several people associated with MOFAS, the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.  The video was created as part of a collaboration called Call Me Mental, which is composed of artists and clinicians who want to change the attitude toward mental illness.  This video showcases the challenges of living with an FASD through the personal stories of Alex and Martin.


Commentary from Dr. Carolyn Phelps, PhD
Licensed Psychologist

Uh, yeah – no. There is no such study result. Which is really too bad if you think about it. Because we certainly act like there is study after study which supports that headline. The only thing that we seem to do quicker than shame others for their transgressions, is to judge them, typically with very little information. Sometimes, we even prefer to judge with…

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How Brains are Built: The Core Story of Brain Development

Norlien Foundation

October 10, 2013

The AFWI is pleased to announce the launch of our first animated video, which presents the core story of brain development in an accessible and visually engaging format for public audiences.


The AFWI developed the video with considerable input from our partners at the Harvard Center on the Developing Child and the FrameWorks Institute. Using metaphors developed by FrameWorks and tested with audiences both in the US and in Alberta, “How Brains are Built” infuses core story concepts with energy, accessibility, and high fidelity to the science.

To learn more about the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative visit



Don’t know? Don’t drink.

Don't know- poster_0alcohol.org.nzprovides information, advice, research and resources to help prevent and reduce alcohol-related harm and inspire New Zealanders to make better decisions about drinking alcohol.

Take a peak at their new awareness campaign! ‘Don’t know? Don’t drink’ encourages women to stop drinking alcohol if there is any chance they could be pregnant.

Alcohol can affect a developing baby throughout pregnancy, including before a woman knows she is pregnant. There is no known safe amount and no known safe time to drink alcohol during pregnancy. Advertising commenced on 14 June 2015 and continues until September 2015. It will primarily be seen in targeted online environments and in bar settings. A 30-second video has been developed that focuses on the moment a woman has to decide whether or not to drink, even though she might be pregnant. The audience for the campaign is young women aged 18 to 30 years who drink at moderate to risky levels.

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How To Manage Trauma

Trauma is a near universal experience of individuals with behavioral health problems. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health, 55% – 99% of women in substance use treatment and 85% – 95% of women in the public mental health system report a history of trauma, with the abuse most commonly having occurred in childhood.


An individual’s experience of trauma impacts every area of human functioning — physical, mental, behavioral, social, spiritual.


For a PDF version, just click! Trauma-infographic

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