Time to Prevent the Preventable!
Everyone on Board to Ban Booze for Baby!
[“Acceptability, availability and accessibility - all increase consumption.” Dalgarno Institute.]
“No Safe Use of Alcohol!” So, reveals a brand-new scientific study regarding alcohol consumption and its deleterious impact. The research published in the International medical journal – The Lancet backs up and confirms other recent studies concerning this legal drug.
Senior Author of the study, Dr. Emmanuela Gakidou of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, stated:
The health risks associated with alcohol are massive…Our findings are consistent with other recent research, which found clear and convincing correlations between drinking and premature death, cancer, and cardiovascular problems. Zero alcohol consumption minimizes the overall risk of health loss. 1
“One thing this research didn’t cover was the further impact that alcohol has on the first nine months of a baby’s development and what repercussions may eventuate if that fledgling child is afflicted with the totally preventable disease of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.” Noted Mr Varcoe, Executive Director of the Dalgarno Institute.
It has been speculated that as many as 1 in 4 incarcerates in the U.S. Correctional System are suffering with F.A.S.D, whilst that statistic is not confirmed, the following data does lend serious credibility to that anecdotal claim. According to Canadian studies FASD was identified in 11%– 23% of young people in corrective services.2
Further to that, the Australian research work 2 revealed a representative sample of young people in detention in Western Australia, has documented a high prevalence of FASD and severe neurodevelopmental impairment, the majority of which had not been previously identified. 88 young people (89%) had at least one domain of severe neurodevelopmental impairment and 36 were diagnosed with FASD, a prevalence of 36% (95% CI 27% to 46%)3
Mr Varcoe went on to say, ‘The double-edged tragedy of this data is that not only was in preventable (no exposure of the child to alcohol whilst in the womb) but it is also incurable.
These are just a couple of the reasons International Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) Day is being ever more heavily promoted each year.’
The day lands this coming Sunday, 9th of September 2018. So, why the 9th of the 9th? The date helps remind how utterly vital it is to protect the first 9 months of life in the womb and the importance best practice abstinence from alcohol during this formative season of the child’s life. vital
Here are some other quick facts you may not be aware of...
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- Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term used to describe a range of disabilities and effects that may arise from prenatal alcohol exposure and it is widely recognized as the most common preventable cause of birth defects and brain damage in children.
- FASD is the leading cause of mental retardation in western countries.4
- 428 distinct disease conditions that co-occur in people with (FASD), 5
- FASD has no cure but is 100% preventable! 6
With not only many younger, but also middle-aged women, participating in Australia’s ‘binge’ culture, there is the strong likelihood that the number of babies born with FASD will increase markedly in the ensuing years. The Good news is, Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is totally preventable if mothers-to-be do not drink alcohol. The latest Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) guidelines say that for those who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, not drinking is the safest option.
However, it is not just a ‘women’s only’ issue. Commenting on research coming out of South Korea, Criminal Lawyer Russell Goldflam stated ‘[it] shows an embryo can be affected at the time of conception by compromised semen from men who drink excessively’. He also said the research could have profound implications on policy responses to FASD". Instead of focussing on 'irresponsible women who drink' we need to cast our net more broadly and develop policies in the population overall, including men," 7
Let us all get on board and give our children the very best chance of starting life well. Support those you know who are trying for a baby, or who are pregnant, by not drinking around them, or better still created alcohol-free alternative functions, events and/or gatherings to support best-practice infant health – for now and the rest of that child’s life!
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- Health Data News Release – No Safe Level of Alcohol! 23.8.2018
- Foetal alcohol spectrum disorder and youth justice: a prevalence study among young people sentenced to detention in Western Australia
- Criminal lawyer Russell Goldflam http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2014-08-01/foetal-alcohol-inquiry-told-men-as-much-to-blame-as-women/5642356