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About FASD

FASD stands for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder – a complex range of brain injuries that affect different people in different ways.

FASD is a preventable disability. FASD is caused by prenatal exposure to alcohol.  It is safest not to drink alcohol during pregnancy.

A life-long condition with no cure, FASD has wide-ranging and very costly impacts on society as a whole. An individual with FASD often requires extensive supports and services “across the lifespan.”

Affecting an estimated nine out of every 1,000 babies born in Canada, FASD is a complex social and public health issue. A costly one too: the estimated annual cost of FASD in Alberta is about $927.5 million (including costs of health, social, educational and correctional services as well as productivity losses and other costs).

An estimated 36,000 Albertans are living with FASD.