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September 9, 2014

Every year, on September 9, International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Day is observed around the world.

FASD is a range of disabilities that affect individuals who were exposed to alcohol during the prenatal period. Even though health promotion efforts have reinforced the message that no amount of alcohol in pregnancy is safe, FASD is still the leading cause of preventable developmental disabilities in Canada. It is a reality for as many as nine out of 1,000 births in our country today.

The safest choice during pregnancy, or when planning to become pregnant, is to not drink alcohol at all.

The Government of Canada is committed to working with communities, researchers and provinces and territories to help prevent FASD. The Public Health Agency of Canada supports organizations in the development of innovative approaches that work to prevent future births affected by alcohol, and in the development of research, tools and resources to help better understand and address this complex issue.

Today, on International FASD Awareness Day, let’s take the opportunity to join together to raise awareness about the risks of alcohol-use during pregnancy. Remember, if you are pregnant, or planning to become pregnant, the safest choice is not to drink any alcohol.

For more information on FASD, I encourage you to visit our Healthy Pregnancy Guide.

Rona Ambrose
Minister of Health
Government of Canada

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