What is FASD

Generally referred to as FASD, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders are the most common, most expensive, yet most preventable of all mental disorders in the industrialized world. FASworld is dedicated to the idea that a woman should not drink alcohol when planning or during pregnancy. Read More

Vision Statement (Long Term)

FASD shall be recognized as Canada’s most common, most expensive, yet most preventable mental disorder.

Mission Statement (5 Year)

Canadian FASD support organizations shall present a collective front to governments, social agencies, media and the general public to raise awareness of the social costs of FASD and create action programs to carry out this mandate.

The Brain: Mental Health

MR Images Show How Fetal Alcohol Exposure Affects Children’s Brains Children exposed to alcohol during fetal development show brain structure and metabolism alterations that can be seen using various imaging techniques.
The study’s findings were presented November 25, 2012, at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), held in Chicago (IL, USA). Alcohol use by expectant mothers can lead to problems with the mental and physical development of their children – a disorder known as fetal alcohol syndrome.

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Conferences & Events

February 2013 – The 5th International Conferece on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Research: Results and Relevance Integrating Research, Policy, and Promising Practice Around the World Conference Updates: Abstract Submissions are now closed. Thank you.Conference Date: February 27 – March 2, 2013.

September 2013 – 1st International Conference of FASD

Preventing harm from alcohol use during pregnancy. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada September 23 – 25, 2013

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FASD News

  • Why no one can say exactly how much is safe to drink while pregnant

    Known Unknowns January 5, 2014 By Rebecca Schwarzlose I was waiting in the dining car of an Amtrak train recently when I looked up and saw that old familiar sign: “According to the Surgeon General, women should not drink alcoholic beverages during pregnancy because of the risk of birth defects.” One finds this warning everywhere: […]

  • Musicians saddle up for a good cause

    2 Apr 2014 Daily News South Africa THERESE OWEN MUSICIAN Gerald Clark begins a nationwide campaign, Fas-t Forward Fundraiser, to raise money for and awareness of children suffering from foetal alcohol syndrome. The money will go to a campaign in which children with this chronic disease will be taught to ride horses as a way […]

  • Screening to ensure justice for kids with FASD

    University of Western Australia Perth, Australia Tuesday, 8 April 2014 Some of the boys and girls aged from 10 to 17 who end up at the State’s only juvenile detention centre at Banksia Hill may have fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) – and researchers have been awarded a grant to find out. Winthrop Research Professor […]

  • Alberta wants signs in bars, liquor stores to warn of FASD

    15 Apr 2014 The Gazette THE CANADIAN PRESS Alberta to warn of fetal alcohol syndrome Province wants signs in bars, liquor stores EDMONTON — Alberta hopes forcing bars, restaurants and liquor stores to put up signs will help prevent fetal alcohol syndrome disorders. The Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission says businesses must help raise awareness […]