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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a diagnostic term for severe neurodevelopmental impairments (you may see these as difficulties with physical activities, language, memory, learning and behaviour) that result from brain damage caused by alcohol exposure before birth.

FASD occurs in all parts of Australian society where alcohol is consumed.

No level of maternal alcohol consumption at any time during pregnancy can be guaranteed to be completely ‘safe’ or ‘no risk’ for the developing fetus
Australia has evidence based guidelines to reduce health risks from drinking alcohol which state that "for women who are planning a pregnancy, are pregnant or breastfeeding, not drinking alcohol is the safest option".


Find out more about FASD and our research projects


Read our latest publication: Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and youth justice: a prevalence study among young people sentenced to detention in Western Australia