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.

Banner: For every pregnant woman, one drink is too many.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.