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Alcohol is the most preventable cause of developmental disabilities. 

The common myth is that only women struggling with alcoholism.  Any woman who drinks during pregnancy has the risk of disabilities associated with prenatal alcohol exposure.  Unfortunately, too many women and men are not educated about the possible dangers of consuming even low levels of alcohol while pregnant. 

Too often, the pregnancy is not planned, and because the woman is not aware that she is pregnant, she continues to consume alcohol during the early months of her pregnancy, unaware that the fetus may sustain permanent organic brain damage.  Disabilities can include the following: medical, cognitive, neurological, linguistic, motor, learning disabilities and mental health issues. 

Too little information...
In addition, very little information is included about the teratogenic effects of alcohol upon embryonic and fetal development in medical and nursing education. 

As a result, it is still a common practice for physicians to tell pregnant women that it is all right to have an occasional drink.  New Jersey is addressing t his issue by providing educational workshops by the NJ FASD Education and Training Center, located on the campus of the NJ Medical School in Newark, NJ.  For more information on these free trainings please contact Dr. Susan Adubato at 973-972-7717 or at adubatsu@umdnj.edu.
 
 
Be in the kNOw - a 5-year Strategic Plan to Prevent Perinatal Addictions in New Jersey
The New Jersey Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and Other Perinatal Addictions Task Force has been working to educate the public about the harmful effects of alcohol, drugs and cigarettes upon fetal development. 

Information about the work of the FASD Task Force, including the Maternal Child Health Consortia, NJ Diagnostic Centers and the Arc of NJ can be found at www.beintheknownj.org

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