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Can fetal alcohol syndrome be prevented?

On an individual level, fetal alcohol syndrome can be prevented by not consuming any alcohol during pregnancy. A 'safe' level of alcohol consumption in pregnancy is unknown. On a wider level, prevention of fetal alcohol syndrome focuses on: - Educating women about known and potential risks of alcohol consumption during pregnancy so they can make informed choices; - Encouraging women to seek assistance preferably before they conceive if they have trouble with alcohol, and; - Providing support for pregnant women who are at risk of drinking during pregnancy and may be facing difficult circumstances.

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Author: Dr Bow Tauro PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 12 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Down syndrome

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