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Can It Be Prevented?

Fetal alcohol syndrome is 100 percent preventable. If a woman does not drink alcohol while she is pregnant, her child will not develop a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.
Fetal alcohol syndrome is not genetic or hereditary. If a woman herself has fetal alcohol syndrome, her own child cannot develop it, unless she drinks alcohol during pregnancy.
(Click Preventing Fetal Alcohol Syndrome for more information on avoiding this serious condition during pregnancy.)

Statistics on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

The reported fetal alcohol syndrome statistics vary widely. These different rates depend on the population studied and on the surveillance methods used. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) studies show fetal alcohol syndrome rates ranging from 0.2 to 1.5 per 1,000 live births in different areas of the United States. Other prenatal alcohol-related conditions, such as ARND and ARBD, are believed to occur about three times as often as fetal alcohol syndrome.
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