The Government's Alcohol Strategy, published on
The strategy recognises that:
foetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) are caused entirely by drinking alcohol during pregnancy and so are completely preventable; and
FASD can be caused by mothers drinking alcohol even before they know they are pregnant, so preventing them is strongly linked to reducing levels of heavy drinking in the population, especially among women.
We will continue to raise awareness of the need for women who are pregnant or trying to conceive to avoid alcohol, including by increasing the awareness of health professionals.
The Chief Medical Officer is overseeing a review of the Government's alcohol guidelines, including those for women who are pregnant or trying to conceive.
The Department will continue to raise awareness of research needs for FASD, including gaps in our knowledge on whether a 'safe' level of alcohol consumption could be identified, how to characterise and diagnose neuro- developmental problems in children with FASD, prevalence of the condition, and effective treatment.