International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day (FASD)

Today, September 9th, is International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness Day.  Seventeen years ago, people around the world began observing International FASD Awareness Day on September 9 each year beginning in 1999, in order that on the ninth day of the ninth month of the year the world will remember that during the nine months of pregnancy a woman should abstain from alcohol. 

As provided in All Projects Letter 2016-082, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness and Prevention Month 2016, Governor John Kasich and Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor have designated September as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness and Prevention Month “to encourage expectant mothers to combat the ills of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) by remembering that during the nine months of pregnancy, a woman should abstain from all alcohol.”  The Ohio month-long observance provides families and communities more time for awareness and prevention efforts.

There is no safe amount and no safe time to drink alcohol during pregnancy.  NOT A SINGLE DROP!

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