Causes and risk factors of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

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Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is caused by consuming alcohol during pregnancy, particularly in the early stages shortly after conception. This means that FASD can be caused by consuming alcohol before the pregnancy has been confirmed.

There is no safe amount of alcohol that can be consumed during pregnancy. The recommendation of all scientific institutions is therefore that both women and men should refrain from consuming any amount of alcohol while trying to conceive.

Risk factors for FASD are mainly associated with personal and social alcohol consumption habits and socio-economic risk factors.

Substantiated information by:

Marta Astals Vizcaíno
Oscar García Algar

Published: 25 August 2021
Updated: 10 September 2021

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