Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Are you confused about the safety of drinking alcohol while pregnant? Do you know the facts from the myths? This quiz will help you decide.
True or False?
1. Drinking a wine cooler or bottle of beer while pregnant isn’t as dangerous as drinking a shot of hard liquor.
- Drinking any kind of alcohol when you are pregnant can harm your baby.
- A 4-5 oz. glass of wine, 12 oz. serving of beer and a 1½ oz. shot of hard liquor (even in a mixed drink) all have the same amount of alcohol.
2. Alcohol-related birth defects are not completely preventable.
- The easiest way to prevent FASD is to abstain from alcohol use during pregnancy.
- If a woman never drinks alcohol during pregnancy there is no chance that a newborn will have problems from prenatal alcohol exposure.
3. There are certain times during pregnancy when it is considered safe to have a glass of wine.
- Drinking alcohol any time during pregnancy can cause Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders with life long consequences.
- When a pregnant woman drinks alcohol, her baby does, too.
4. The majority of alcohol-related adverse events occur in women who are alcoholics.
- You don’t have to be a heavy drinker to have a baby affected by alcohol.
- If a pregnant woman drinks any alcohol, it passes directly from her bloodstream to the placenta of the growing baby.
5. There is no evidence that “moderate” drinking harms a fetus.
- There is no known safe amount of alcohol, as there is no safe kind of alcohol and no safe time during pregnancy to drink it.
- Even low levels of alcohol can cause lifelong problems.
6. Help is only available for women who are “problem drinkers.”
- Help is available to all women with questions or concerns about alcohol, other drugs and related issues like Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.
- For help information or confidential communication contact Prevention Works.