Turqoisecoast - I've worked in the alcohol and other drug field for a decade and we were certainly working on FASD back when I started, and well before I started too. Granted it still doesn't receive a huge amount of attention though.
I felt especially bad for the lady whose son was affected and feeling suicidal most of his life. she said her OB told her drinking was ok. to be told that and assume it's ok then find out it's not would just feel like the most unfair thing in the world.
I also wonder how many people in our parents generation would be affected? back then it was acceptable for pregnant women to be drinking and smoking. surely there must be FASD affected people from our parents generation as well?
I'm sure there are. I do think the culture of women and drinking has changed though.
The guilt would be crippling, it's just tragic.
I've only watched half of it, I'm really surprised people haven't heard if this. We learnt about it in high school. Will watch the rest tomorrow.
On the issue of FASD only happens with prolonged alcohol use: There was a govt report released a couple of years ago into FASD in Australia and how its quite a large problem. And one of the points they made was that although risk increases with the quantity of alcohol consumed even small amounts at critical periods can cause permanent damage.
The report can be accessed below. Its quite scary - 60% of Australian women drink while pregnant and FASD is increasing in Australia.
It's also very hard to broach with families as a teacher and to help get children the support they would benefit from as there is such a degree of shame associated with it.
I've taught several students where I would bet the house on FASD being at the source of their challenges, but you get shutdown so quickly when you bring it up. It's heartbreaking really 😔
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