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- Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Effects Prenatal alcohol exposure is a preventable cause of birth defects, including mental retardation and neurodevelopmental deficits. Since the initial recognition in 1968 of the multiple effects that alcohol can have on the developing fetus  and the subsequent delineation in 1973 of fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS),  it has become clear that prenatal alcohol exposure can be associated with a wide range of abnormalities.
- On any given day in the United States… 10,657 babies are born. (US Census Bureau). Twenty of these babies are born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Twenty may seem as though it is not a lot, but when you compare it to the fact that this number is more than HIV positive, Muscular Dystrophy, Spina Bifida and Down Syndrome combine it creates a whole new parameter.
- A baby with FAS can suffer from mental retardation, central nervous dysfunction, organ dysfunction, facial abnormalities and many other effects. At least 5, to 1 infants are born each year in America with FAS. There is a little less then a 50% chance that the new born child, whose mother drank heavily during pregnancy, will be born with FAS.
- Works Cited 1. Aase, Jon M. Clinical Recognition of FAS: difficulties of detection and diagnosis. Alcohol Health and Research World, Wntr 1994. v18. n1, p.
- Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) refers to a group of physical and mental birth defects resulting from a women?s drinking alcohol heavily or at crucial stages during pregnancy. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome was first named and treated in the late 1960’s. This condition results from the toxic effect of alcohol and its chemical factors on the developing fetus.
- The 1990s is witnessing the significant impact alcohol-related birth defects are having on our society These birth defects are caused by maternal use of alcohol during pregnancy which are irreversible, yet preventable The most severe outcome, fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), to the less easily diagnosed fetal alcohol effects (FAE) The incidence of FAS is estimated at 33 per 1,000 live births The estimated incidence of FAE is three times that of FAS With an annual cost of $76 4 million in the United States which only includes FAS, not FAE The bulk of these costs are associated with mental retardat
- It can take as little as one ounce of alcohol for a child to suffer from Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. This is the leading cause of mental retardation in the Western World. It is now widely accepted by nmedical authorities and researchers that women who drink during pregnancy can adversely affect the development of their unborn infant.
- Many pregnant women are not aware of the complications that are involved with pregnancy. The greater majority of young women see pregnancy as a way of bringing a life into the world but do not use precaution in their dietary habits to prevent the destruction or inhibition of such a life.
- (http://babyzone.com/drugs.htm) Alcohol and pregnancy do not mix. Almost any level of consumption of alcohol can affect the baby during pregnancy. Many sorts of consequences vary from fetal alcohol syndrome to malfunctions in mental or physical development.
- Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) and fetal alcohol effects (FAE) refers to the physical and mental birth defects which results from a woman s drinking alcohol while she is pregnant. FAS is the number one cause of mental retardation in the United States today.
- In this paper I will tell facts about the harm and danger mothers put their children thru when deciding to drink alcohol, while they are pregnant. I will tell some of the symptoms and characteristics of this bad syndrome. What happens when the child grows up and starts school and then what it is like as an adult.
- Alcohol is also known as: Booze, Juice, Brew, Vino, Sauce. You probably know why alcohol is abused some reasons are relaxation, sociability, and cheap high.
- When I was a senior in high school one of my classmates was pregnant and abusing cocaine during her whole pregnancy. This upset me so greatly and it still does today when I think about it. I felt angry with the mother, concerned and scared for the child, and I also felt confused about exactly what consequences the mother would face if anyone ever found out.
- The psychological dependence an alcoholic has is when they think alcohol is necessary and life will not be good without it. The physical dependence an alcoholic has is when their body becomes so used to the drug that it now needs alcohol to function without pain.
- Alcoholism is thought to arise from a combination of a wide range of physiological, psychological, social, and genetic factors. It is characterized by an emotional and often physical dependence on alcohol, and it frequently leads to brain damage or early death.
- alcohol consumption Alcohol, probably the oldest drug known, has been used at least since the earliest societies for which records exist. Of the numerous types of alcohol, ethyl alcohol is the type consumed in drinking. In its pure form it is a clear substance with little odor.
- Alcohol is a representation of one of the most profound health-related drug problems in the United States. Seven in ten adults, or more than one hundred million American eighteen years and older are estimated to be drinkers. Approximately ten million of them are felt to develop a drinking problem, such as alcoholism, during their lifetime.
- There are many affects alcohol has on nutrition, in people of all ages. Each year more than 100, people die from alcohol related causes. According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug dependence more than 13 million Americans abuse alcohol. There are different types of alcohol dependency psychologically dependent and physically dependent.
- Alcohol is a drug and, like all drugs, it has an effect on a person?s body and mind. Because drinking alcoholic beverages makes some people feel more alive and more outgoing, alcohol is sometimes seen as a stimulant. In fact it is a depressant, and slows down the central nervous system, of which the brain is a part.
- Pregnant women that smoke cigarettes on a daily basis can greatly harm their fetus. The Tobacco smoke in cigarettes greatly reduces fetal growth through the presence of nicotine, carbon monoxide, hydrogen cyanide, cadmium and various other aromatic hydrocarbons, but the two most dangerous chemicals that are found in cigarettes are nicotine and carbon monoxide.