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

  • Alberta’s bars, restaurants and liquor stores will display FASD signs

    15 Apr 2014 Edmonton Journal Alberta is finally catching up with Ontario… Cigarette packages have warning labels about cancer and now every liquor store, restaurant and bar in the province of Alberta will display signs warning of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. The province has announced a new strategy of signage in liquor stores, bars and […]

  • “My Baby’s Breath” Project

    “A focus group of pregnant and other at-risk  girls is being formed to weigh in on a new  prevention strategy for prenatal exposure to alcohol…” “…It’s headed by Healthy Brains for Children…” Focus group to form for ‘My Baby’s Breath’ project Posted: March 26, 2014 By Jessica Larsen A focus group of pregnant and other […]

  • Alcohol and Pregnancy: It’s Just Not Worth the Risk (Video)

    Alcohol and Pregnancy: It’s Just Not Worth the Risk (Video) ​There’s no guarantee that a baby will be born healthy or grow up healthy. However, there is an absolute guarantee that a child will not have a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD)if a mother does not drink alcohol while pregnant. No Alcohol during Pregnancy is the Safest Choice […]

  • Research to look at FASD rates among young offenders

    13 March, 2014 4:22PM AWST By Vanessa Mills and Hilary Smale New research is set to provide a better picture of those affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) in the WA prison system Download this mp3 file The Telethon Institute for Child Health Research was last month awarded more than $1.4 million in funding […]