Foetal Alcohol Syndrome

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 12th September 2018.

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Photo of Jon Ashworth Jon Ashworth Shadow Secretary of State for Health

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the incidence of foetal alcohol spectrum disorders.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The Government recognises that Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) can have a significant impact on the early years development of children, their behaviours and their life chances. Early intervention services can help reduce some of the effects of FASD and prevent some of the secondary disabilities that result. Responsibility for commissioning these services lies with clinical commissioning groups.

The UK Chief Medical Officers’ low risk drinking guidelines provide the public with the most up to date scientific information to help people make informed decisions about their own drinking. The guideline for women who are pregnant or think they could become pregnant, is that the safest approach is not to drink alcohol at all, to reduce risks to the baby to a minimum.

The Department is organising an expert roundtable to examine the issues surrounding FASD. This meeting will be chaired by the Deputy Chief Medical Officer.

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