Derry based alcohol awareness project Drink Think will be supporting the EUFASD Alliance again this year, in their ‘Too Young To Drink’ alcohol during pregnancy campaign, with an event taking place tomorrow in the city.
Officially known worldwide as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness Day, the event will run from 1pm-3pm at the Health Forum Services office in Quayside Shopping Centre.
FASD is an umbrella term describing a range of disabilities which may occur if a mother drinks alcohol during pregnancy and can include; facial abnormalities, restricted growth, learning and behavioural disorders.
Aiming to raise awareness and understanding of the potential impact alcohol can have on the baby during pregnancy the staff at the event will be providing information for the general public around FASD and alcohol use during pregnancy.
There will also be balloon modelling for children and head and feet massages available free of charge for women.
Claire Hamilton, campaigns co-ordinator with the Drink Think Project commented, “Expecting a baby is an exciting time for many mums and the messages around alcohol and pregnancy can be very confusing. It’s difficult to know what to do.
“With regards to FASD, research shows that there is no known level of alcohol consumption during pregnancy where damage may occur to the baby, which is why Drink Think firmly believe that the safest option is not to drink during pregnancy. FASD is 100% preventable by not drinking alcohol.”
With regards to alcohol use during pregnancy the Chief Medical Officer for Northern Ireland recommends, “You should avoid alcohol altogether when pregnant. However if you do opt to have a drink, that you stick to one to two units of alcohol once or twice a week.”
Recent research carried out by the Drink Think Project showed that 96% of respondents believed that drinking during pregnancy could cause harm to their baby however 75% had never received any information on FASD from their GP or another Health Care Professional.
If you have any concerns about alcohol and pregnancy, you should speak to your GP or midwife. If you would like any further information about FASD contact the Drink Think Project on 02871363925 or 0287136533. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org