Foetal Alcohol Syndrome can be prevented
FOETAL Alcohol Syndrome is preventable, and the organisers of FASDay want pregnant mothers to be aware of this.
The first FASDay was celebrated on September 9, 1999, to highlight that during the nine months of pregnancy, all expectant mothers should abstain from alcohol.
According to Fasfacts.org.za, the syndrome was a characteristic pattern of physical and mental birth deficiencies, caused by alcohol consumption by the pregnant mother.
It is the largest cause of mental disability in most industrial nations, which contributes to crime, HIV/Aids and continued substance abuse.
“FAS is more than a disability – it’s a social disorder that causes many of the expensive problems which plague governments, and all of us,” according to the website.
“On both a financial and personal level, we are all affected by the secondary disabilities and consequences of FAS: learning disabilities, early school drop-out, juvenile delinquency, poverty, chronic unemployment, sexual acting-out (promiscuity, teenage and unwanted pregnancies, prostitution, sexual assault, child-molesting, rape), Aids, mental illness, homelessness, violence, crimes against property, theft, murder, gangsterism, alcoholism, drug smuggling, drug addiction and substance abuse.”
Experts said prevention and treatment programmes could reduce the risk of Foetal Alcohol Syndrome.
Early diagnosis and new tech- niques of therapy, medical treatment, education and residential facilities could allow sufferers to lead productive lives.