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FASD 101

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder refers to a range of disabilities and health problems that may result if a woman consumes alcohol during pregnancy. These include developmental delays, learning disabilities and memory problems as well as difficulties in communicating feelings and understanding consequences.

FASD is a ‘spectrum’ disorder because it crosses every sector of the population and affects different people in different ways.

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.