Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Alcohol News - 33/2017

BBC News (UK) - Drunk air passenger arrests up 50%
Arrests of passengers suspected of being drunk at UK airports and on flights have risen by 50% in a year, a BBC Panorama investigation suggests.
The Guardian - Ryanair calls for airport crackdown on alcohol sales
Ryanair has called for a crackdown on alcohol sales at British airports after claiming that airlines are saddled with the consequences of passengers getting drunk before flights.
New York Daily News (USA) - One in eight Americans is an alcoholic: study
One in eight Americans could be considered an alcoholic, says a new study in JAMA Psychiatry. Nearly 13% of American adults — roughly 30 million — meet the criteria for alcoholism, as defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV).
TASS (Russia) - More than one-third of Russians claim they do not drink alcohol — poll
According to the poll, most Russians (80%) believe that all alcoholic beverages have an adverse effect on one’s health.
TIME (USA) - Why Americans—Especially Women—Are Drinking More Alcohol
More Americans are drinking high amounts of alcohol, and the greatest increases are seen among women and older adults, according to a new study published in JAMA Psychiatry.
New Zealand Herald (New Zealand) - Alcohol re-think 'central' to mental health policy, Government told
Cheap booze is a cause of depression and aid to suicide and there is a pressing need to rethink its availability and price, the Government has been told by the Prime Minister's chief science adviser.
EverythingLubbock.com (USA) - TABC Plans Undercover Stings at Alcohol-Selling Businesses
Undercover operations at thousands of alcohol retailers will test to see if the businesses sell to those under 21.
The Globe and Mail (Canada) - Globe editorial: A lower alcohol limit for drivers is a smart move
The revelation that federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould is toying with the idea of lowering the legal blood-alcohol limit for drivers has caught some people off-guard.
The North West Star (Australia) - Minister visits Mornington Island amidst AMP review
Minister for Indigenous Affairs has a chance to seize the day in his new role and implement a new Alcohol Management Plan (AMP) on Mornington Island.
Nyasa Times (Malawi) - Minister Muluzi to launch Malawi Alcohol Policy
Ministry of Health in conjunction with Malawi Alcohol Policy Alliance will on August 18, 2017, launch the Malawi National Alcohol Policy which will among other things help check alcohol abuse.
Science Daily - Brain injury in kids might lead to alcohol abuse
Researchers have surveyed previous studies to investigate the relationship between traumatic brain injuries and alcohol abuse. They found evidence that traumatic brain injuries in children and adolescents could be a risk-factor for alcohol abuse in later life, and advise that brain injury survivors should be given special attention to address potential substance abuse issues.
Herald Sun (Australia) - Responsible service of alcohol laws must apply to youth gatherings, says security firm boss
THE operator of a teen party security firm says under-age functions should be covered by Victoria’s responsible service of alcohol rules.
Herald Scotland (Scotland) - Scotch Whisky Association faces £1.2m in costs if alcohol pricing appeal fails
A TRADE body behind the four-year legal bid to block the policy on minimum pricing of alcohol stands to lose up to £1.2 million if the court action is unsuccessful.
Nzherald - People share photos of incredible transformations after quitting alcohol
Even if you're not an alcoholic, drinking can take a heavy toll on your body. While the occasional drink is harmless (some would say even beneficial), excessive drinking has serious consequences, affecting internal organs as well as physical appearance.
Huffington Post Australia - Why Quitting Alcohol Is The Best Thing I’ve Ever Done
I used to have the motto, 'I'm here for a good time, not a long time', and my golly I've had a good time. But did it make me eternally happy? No. And in hindsight, how awful was that motto?

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Alcohol News - 32/2017

NHS Choices - Alcohol linked to an increased risk of skin cancer
Researchers pooled the results of previous studies and found a small, but significant, association between alcohol consumption and non-melanoma skin cancers. The most common of these types of cancer are squamous cell and basal cell carcinoma.
TVNZ (New Zealand) - 'Alcohol shouldn't be a normal part of your life' – calls to ban alcohol sales in supermarkets
The New Zealand Medical Associations says it's pushing for a ban on alcohol sales in supermarkets because it's "dangerous" and causing "harm to ordinary people".
Toronto Star (Canada) - Ottawa mulls tougher drunk driving laws by lowering legal alcohol limit
Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould sent a letter to a colleague in May in which she suggests lowering the limit to 50 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood from the current 80 milligrams.
Express.co.uk - Liver disease and alcohol: Do YOU know what counts as drinking too much?
ALCOHOL-related liver disease (ARLD) refers to liver damage caused by excess alcohol intake. There are several stages of severity and a range of associated symptoms.
AdNews - New rules on placement of alcohol ads loom large
"Significant" changes to the self-regulation of alcohol ads are coming into play in November. The new developments now relate to the actual placement of ads and not just the content - which is a new move.
Bath Chronicle - Drinking ANY alcohol during pregnancy causes subtle changes to a baby's facial features
Researchers have found that drinking alcohol during pregnancy can make subtle changes to the way a baby’s face is formed.
Ukrinform. Ukraine and world news (Ukraine) - Government raises minimum prices for alcohol
The Cabinet of Ministers has approved a resolution on increasing the minimum wholesale and retail prices for certain types of alcoholic beverages, according to the government portal.
Scottish Daily Record (Scotland) - Byelaws prohibiting outdoor alcohol consumption introduced at lochside locations
Byelaws prohibiting outdoor drinking on the shores of Loch Voil, Loch Earn, Loch Doine and the North West area of Loch Lubnaig came into force on Monday (August 7).
Irish Times (Ireland) - Most Irish adults unaware of alcohol guidelines, survey finds
The majority of Irish adults are not fully aware of the low-risk guidelines for alcohol, according to a new survey.
Washington Times - Researchers warn even moderate alcohol consumption can cause brain damage
While a raft of studies link moderate drinking with various health benefits, a noted British researcher warns that such findings must be viewed in context of the studies’ limitations.
AOL (UK) - Undocumented immigrants less likely to be arrested for drugs, alcohol
As the percentage of immigrants without papers rose in the U.S. population between 1990 and 2014, arrests for drugs and drunken-driving dropped, according to a study in the American Journal of Public Health.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Alcohol News - 31/2017

ABC Online (Australia) - Ice addiction 'pales into insignificance' compared to harms linked to alcohol abuse, AMA says
Australia's peak medical body has slammed the Federal Government's drug policy, arguing its focus on methamphetamine is misplaced and alcohol abuse is a far more pressing issue.
ABC Online (Australia) - Indigenous community takes alcohol policy into its own hands, using elders as bouncers at club
The club doesn't run like an ordinary pub: punters are breath-tested before they enter, and if they blow over the 0.05 blood alcohol limit, they're not allowed in.
NHS Choices - Reports that frequent drinking prevents diabetes are inaccurate
"Drinking a moderate amount of certain drinks such as wine three to four times a week reduced diabetes risk by about 30%," The Guardian reports. That was the main reported finding of a Danish study looking at the impact of alcohol on diabetes risk.
NDTV - Do You Drink Alcohol Regularly? It May Raise the Risk of Skin Cancer
A heavy alcohol consumer may be at an increased risk of developing non-melanoma skin cancer. There are two most common types of non-melanoma skin cancer; basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cSCC)
Globalnews.ca (Canada) - Montreal anglophones drink more alcohol than francophones: survey
A 2017 CROP survey commissioned by Éduc’alcool shows that Montreal’s English-speaking community drinks more frequently and excessively compared to its francophone and allophone counterparts.
Zee News - Alcohol is no stress-buster, consumption can have lethal impact
Many of us are under the impression that alcohol can help us sail through the stress period we experience in life but a recent study has challenged the thought.
News-Medical.net (USA) - Undocumented immigrants do not increase prevalence of drug, alcohol crimes and deaths in the U.S.
Despite being saddled with many factors associated with drug and alcohol problems, undocumented immigrants are not increasing the prevalence of drug and alcohol crimes and deaths in the United States, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Public Health.
RAPSI (Russia) - Putin toughens penalties for illegal alcohol circulation
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a bill toughening penalties for illegal production and sale of alcohol and alcohol-containing products into law.
Herald Scotland (Scotland) - SNP Cabinet Secretary accepted hospitality from drinks giant opposed to alcohol minimum pricing
AN SNP Cabinet Secretary benefited from £1,000 of hospitality from one of the strongest opponents of Government policy on the minimum pricing of alcohol.
Irish Medical Times (Ireland) - Drugs, alcohol strategy funding to be addressed year by year
Funding for the new national drugs and alcohol strategy, ‘Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery: A health-led response to drug and alcohol use in Ireland 2017-2025’, will be addressed by each relevant Government department in the context of the Annual Estimates process over the lifespan of the policy, the Department of Health has said.
Addiction Now (USA) - Over 2 million were addicted to alcohol and drugs in 2014, gov report
New government data reveals that 2.3 million American adults suffered from both a past-year illicit drug addiction and an alcohol addiction in 2014.
Science Daily - Universal screening for alcohol misuse at hospital admission identifies patients at risk of developing alcoholic liver disease
In a landmark study of over 50,000 hospital admissions, investigators demonstrated the feasibility of introducing universal screening for alcohol misuse to identify patients at risk.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

FASD News - 30/2017

Belfast Live (Northern Ireland) - Co Down mum's mission to help other parents with children affected by Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Alison McNamara, from Dromore , wants to help other families who have children left with disabilities after the birth mother drank during pregnancy.
National Institutes of Health - NIH-funded mouse study sheds light on neural risks associated with prenatal alcohol exposure
Prenatal exposure to even low doses of alcohol may lead to severe and highly variable deficits in the brain of a fetus, according to a new study conducted in mice.
The Sunshine Coast Daily (Australia) - Australia's 'massive epidemic' of fetal alcohol sickness
AUSTRALIA is drowning in a "massive epidemic” of fetal alcohol disorders, a scholar has told a judge.
Medical Daily - Two Common Drugs May Reverse Fetal Alcohol Syndrome's Brain Damage When Given After Birth
The common drugs thyroxine and metformin show promise as a treatment for fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) after research showed they were able to reverse some of the brain damage from this condition in mice when given soon after birth.
Independent.ie (Ireland) - Patricia Casey: When will we call time on pregnant women drinking in Ireland?
Last week Health Minister Simon Harris launched a new strategy: Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery - a health-led response to drug and alcohol use in Ireland 2017-2025.
Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel (USA) - Maine could face higher fetal alcohol syndrome rates, Colby conference professional says
Babies born in Maine probably will be more susceptible to physical and behavioral effects of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders because of higher rates of alcohol and drug use in the state compared to other parts of the country, according to a professional at a recent conference at Colby College.
Medical News Bulletin - Any Level of Alcohol During Pregnancy Results in Craniofacial Anomalies
Prenatal alcohol exposure typically leads to fetal alcohol syndrome and associated disorders. Muggli and colleagues found that even low levels of alcohol exposure are linked to craniofacial anomalies in children, which may indicate cognitive disorders even at low levels of alcohol exposure.
Blasting News - Another side-effect of alcohol discovered in fetuses
The long lasting effects of alcohol consumption by pregnant women on fetuses is increasingly surfacing. A recent study revealed another harmful effect of alcohol on the developing fetus in rats.
Daily Star - Strengths of people with disabilities emphasized
Researchers Dr. Rebecca Caines and Dr. Michelle Stewart from the University of Regina held workshops in the city. They were conducted in partnership with the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Society Yukon (FASSY) and other community organizations.

VIDEOS and MATERIALS
AlcoholFreePregnancy - NOFAS Webinar: FASD Intervention and Treatment
Although prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) affects children’s behavior and leaning, there has been limited attention to specific methods for intervention and treatment for children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).
Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services - Aboriginal Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Child Nutrition Program
The Aboriginal Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and Child Nutrition Program is designed and delivered by Indigenous service providers to Indigenous children, youth and families across Ontario.

RESEARCH
Journal of Neuroinflammation - TLR4 response mediates ethanol-induced neurodevelopment alterations in a model of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
Inflammation during brain development participates in the pathogenesis of early brain injury and cognitive dysfunctions. Prenatal ethanol exposure affects the developing brain and causes neural impairment, cognitive and behavioral effects, collectively known as fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).
Human Brain Mapping - Localized reductions in resting-state functional connectivity in children with prenatal alcohol exposure
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) are characterized by impairment in cognitive function that may or may not be accompanied by craniofacial anomalies, microcephaly, and/or growth retardation.
Alcoholism - Placental Proteomics Reveal Insights into Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
We conclude that the placenta is a valuable organ not only to understand FASD etiology but it may also serve as a diagnostic tool to identify novel biomarkers for detecting the outcome of fetal alcohol exposure.
PloS one - Heterogeneity of p53 dependent genomic responses following ethanol exposure in a developmental mouse model of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
Prenatal ethanol exposure can produce structural and functional deficits in the brain and result in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). In rodent models acute exposure to a high concentration of alcohol causes increased apoptosis in the developing brain.
Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities - Perceptions of FASD by Minnesota public defenders
Persons diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) are more likely to come into contact with the criminal justice system than general population controls. Although previous survey evidence has suggested that federal district attorneys are limited in their knowledge of the psycholegal impairments presented by defendants with this condition, such research has yet to have been conducted with state-specific public defenders.
Scientific Reports - Mechanisms underlying neuro-inflammation and neurodevelopmental toxicity in the mouse neocortex following prenatal exposure to ethanol
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) constitute a wide range of disorders that arise from prenatal exposure to ethanol (EtOH). However, detailed reports regarding the adverse effects of prenatal EtOH exposure on neocortical morphology and its underlying pathogenic mechanisms are limited.
Alcoholism - Children with Heavy Prenatal Alcohol Exposure Exhibit Atypical Gait Characteristics
Impaired motor function in children with histories of prenatal exposure to alcohol has been previously reported but, to date, no studies using quantitatively-based analyses have been performed to assess gait in these children.
The University of British Columbia - Pregnant women´ s perceptions of information about alcohol use during pregnancy: a qualitative pilot study
A significant percentage of women in the United States and Canada continue to use alcohol in pregnancy despite the clear recommendations of total abstinence from policy makers.
JARID - Disconnected lives: Women with intellectual disabilities in conflict with the law
Women with intellectual/developmental disabilities struggle to manage the impact of intergenerational trauma, exacerbated by issues of substance abuse and addiction, poor coping skills and minimal education, all of which impact their sense of well-being.
University of Namibia - Guidelines for healthcare professionals to manage children with foetal alcohol syndrome at health facilities in Khomas region, Namibia
In this study, the researcher explored and described the views of health care professionals who are managing children with foetal alcohol syndrome at public health facilities in the Khomas Region in Namibia.
Australasian Psychiatry - Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder: diminished responsibility and mitigation of sentence
The objective of this study was to consider the implications of a recent Western Australia Court of Appeal decision in which an indigenous youth who had been sentenced for the manslaughter of his neonate child was later diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder.
Journal of Family Social Work - Serving families with child maltreatment and substance use disorders: A decade of learning
An increase in parental substance use disorders (SUD) and the number of infants and toddlers entering foster care has prompted federal and state efforts to change the treatment paradigm toward more integrated and family-centered strategies.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Mynewsdesk (Sweden) - FASD - en osynlig, men förebyggbar funktionsnedsättning
En av 67 kvinnor som konsumerar alkohol under graviditeten kommer att föda ett barn med fetalt alkoholsyndrom, FAS, vilket innebär att det globalt föds omkring 119 000 barn med FAS varje år, säger Svetlana Popova, läkare och forskare som arbetar på uppdrag av WHO.
Wochenblatt.de (Germany) - FASD - Kein Alkohol in der Schwangerschaft
Das Gesundheitsamt Mühldorf und das Berufliche Schulzentrum Mühldorf informierten über FASD, einer lebenslangen Beeinträchtigung wegen Alkoholkonsums während der Schwangerschaft.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Alcohol News - 30/2017

Prospect (Scotland) - I fought for minimum alcohol prices in Scotland—here’s why England needs them too
In 2012 the Scottish parliament passed the measure overwhelmingly—but it has been subject to legal challenges ever since. This week, the Supreme Court will give its verdict. A huge amount is at stake.
The Guardian (UK) - Sport and sunshine fuel surge in UK supermarket alcohol sales
Britons have downed £158m more alcohol in the last three months compared with 2016, as they enjoyed sunny weather and a string of major sporting events including Wimbledon, the British and Irish Lions rugby tour and the British Grand Prix.
National Health Executive (UK) - Doctors call for alcohol pricing reform to cut £17bn NHS drinking cost
Doctors have this week called for the introduction of minimum unit pricing on alcohol in the UK after it was revealed that drink could kill 63,000 people and cost the NHS almost £17bn over the next five years.
BBC News (Scotland) - Alcohol minimum pricing appeal begins at Supreme Court
The UK's highest court has begun hearing the latest appeal against minimum pricing for alcohol.
Medical News Bulletin - Moderate Alcohol Consumption Linked to Decline in Cognition & Brain Volume
Researchers recently discovered that alcohol consumption, even in moderate amounts, causes a decline in brain volume and cognitive ability. This disproves the myth that alcohol can actually have a protective effect if consumed in moderation. The implications of this research are immense considering alcohol’s global ubiquity.
News-Medical.net - Study examines prevalence, types of secondhand harm from alcohol among college undergraduates
It's no secret that university life often includes alcohol use, which can sometimes cause harm. Yet harm can also extend beyond the drinker, such as "secondhand harm" that is caused by intoxicated people: accidents or domestic, physical, or sexual violence; interrupted sleep or property destruction; and arguments, problems with relationships, or financial problems.
The Advertiser (Australia) - Teens drink less if they know alcohol causes cancer — but most don’t
TEENS are less likely to drink if they know that alcohol is a major cause of cancer, but most are unaware of the link, a South Australian study has found.
BBC News (UK) - School exclusions: Record numbers for drugs and alcohol
A record number of school exclusions were issued to pupils last year for drug and alcohol related issues, new statistics reveal.
Medscape - Aldosterone Hormone Linked to Alcohol Use, Cravings
Novel findings show a link between the steroid hormone aldosterone and a risk for alcohol use disorder, underscoring the role of neuroendocrine mechanisms in alcohol cravings and in potential treatments, new research shows.
The Nation (Thailand) - Police launch campaign against social media posts with celebrities encouraging alcohol use
Police will monitor Thai social media to punish any actors, “net idols”, or celebrities who pose messages and pictures inviting others to drink alcoholic beverages. There is a fine of Bt50,000-Bt200,000 for publicly encouraging alcohol consumption under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act.
Irish Times (Ireland) - Drugs and alcohol: putting health centre-stage
One in four adults in the Republic have taken an illegal drug at least once in their lifetime. Drug use among young people is on the rise, while there are up to 1.35 million harmful drinkers here. These are the challenging statistics against which the new national drug strategy, Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery, is set.
Express.co.uk - Alcohol-free planes? Rise in antisocial behaviour on flights could see a ban on BOOZE
Alcohol on planes could be a thing of the past if travellers continue to get drunk before boarding. A rise in antisocial behaviour on flights means regular disruptions, at a cost to the travellers and the industry.
The Baltic Course (EU) - European SocMins: steps must be taken to alleviate damage from alcohol
Health ministers of the Party of European Socialists (PES) have called for more cooperation between member states of the European Union to strengthen the fight against the harmful use of alcohol in Europe, informs LETA/BNS.
Corporate Europe Observatory - Big Tobacco and right-wing US billionaires funding anti-regulation hardliners in the EU
Since the start of this year, two curious new groups have set up shop in Brussels: the Consumer Choice Center and an EU branch of the Freedom Organisation for the Right to Enjoy Smoking Tobacco (Forest EU).

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Alcohol News - 29/2017

TASS (Russia) - Alcohol consumption, alcohol-related deaths going down in Russia - health ministry
Alcohol consumption and alcohol-related deaths in Russia continue to demonstrate downwards tendencies, the press service of the Russian ministry of health told TASS on Thursday.
The Advertiser (Australia) - Teens drink less if they know alcohol causes cancer — but most don’t — Adelaide University and SAHMRI study finds
TEENS are less likely to drink if they know that alcohol is a major cause of cancer, but most are unaware of the link, a South Australian study has found.
ITV News (UK) - Cheap alcohol still sold for 'pocket money prices' according to charity
A survey looking at alcohol prices across the UK has found that for the cost of a small latte, it is possible to buy more than the weekly recommended limit of alcohol.
Science Daily - Reversing fetal alcohol damage after birth: Study offers hope
Two commonly used drugs erased the learning and memory deficits caused by fetal alcohol exposure when the drugs were given after birth, thus potentially identifying a treatment for the disorder, reports a new study. The scientists also newly identified a key molecular mechanism by which alcohol neurologically and developmentally harms the developing fetus.
Men's Health - Being Sleepy Can Make You Feel More Drunk
Meeting the guys for a few drinks after work? You might not want to stay up late bingeing Netflix the night before: Skimping on shuteye can increase the impairing effects of alcohol, a new study in the journal Human Psychopharmacology suggests.
EDMTunes (Ibiza) - Ibiza Wants to Ban Alcohol on Flights
A trip to Ibiza is the dream for electronic music fans and anyone who loves a good party, but the island’s popularity is becoming a problem. Authorities have asked the European Union to consider banning alcohol on all flights and airports in the Balearic Islands.
EURACTIV - EU ignores calls for booze ban on flights
The European Commission does not intend to limit alcohol consumption during flights as it is a national competence, despite the fact that officials from popular tourist destinations requested its intervention.
Irish Times (Ireland) - What is it like being addicted to alcohol in a culture soaked in it?
“I work in a toxic environment. Every Friday, there is a trip to the pub. I avoid it like the plague but sometimes cannot, if a work colleague is leaving or it’s the last day of a particular work cycle.
Independent.ie (Ireland) - More people attending sexual-assault centres as alcohol found to be a factor in many cases - annual report
Nearly one in two people who sought help from the country's sexual-assault treatment units last year had drunk at least the equivalent of two pints of beer.
Irish Times (Ireland) - Why banning alcohol advertising for young people is the right move
A new opinion poll, commissioned by Alcohol Health Alliance Ireland from polling company Ireland Thinks, demonstrates that 82 per cent of the public support the view that alcohol marketing which appeals to young people should be prohibited.
The Times (Ireland) - Varadkar wants alcohol crackdown by year’s end
Leo Varadkar has committed to tackling Ireland’s “co-dependant” relationship with drinking by passing the Alcohol Bill before the end of the year.
Harvard Health - Alcohol’s heart advantages under scrutiny
Conventional wisdom holds that a drink or two a day protects against heart disease. But this assumption may be wishful thinking, a new analysis suggests.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

FASD News - 28/2017

Science Daily - Drinking alcohol while pregnant could have transgenerational effects
Soon-to-be mothers have heard the warning - don't drink while pregnant. Experts have issued numerous statements about the dangers of alcohol consumption during pregnancy, as it can lead to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).
Sky News Australia (Australia) - WA youth suicide inquest to focus on FASD
An inquest into a cluster of suicides by Aboriginal youths in WA's Kimberley region will hear from experts on foetal alcohol spectrum disorder, which is considered a likely contributing factor in some of the deaths.
Duncan Banner - Column: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, a preventable disorder
This week we continue our series on children with a discussion of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, FASD. FASD is entirely preventable and caused by drinking while pregnant. Women who drink while pregnant can give birth to babies with FASD.
CBC.ca (Canada) - Misunderstood and bullied: Teen with fetal alcohol syndrome asks for compassion
When Marsha Munn adopted a baby boy 14 years ago, she knew her friend, the birth mother, liked to drink and party. She didn't know about fetal alcohol syndrome.
UB News Center - Why does prenatal alcohol exposure increase the likelihood of addiction?
One of the many negative consequences when fetuses are exposed to alcohol in the womb is an increased risk for drug addiction later in life. Neuroscientists in the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions are discovering why.
National Indigenous Times - Study confirms long-term foetal alcohol effects
Children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder caused by their mothers drinking alcohol during pregnancy are more likely to fail at school, talk about killing themselves and have problems paying attention.
Medical Xpress - Children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders lag in emotional understanding
A new study reveals that children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) show a striking developmental delay in their understanding of emotions. Even in those children with an average IQ, researchers found that their emotional understanding was lagging by two to five years behind their typically developing peers.
BMC Blogs Network - Alcohol and fertility: what all women’s health professionals should know
In the review article “Alcohol and fertility: how much is too much” published in Fertility Research and Practice, Dr. Kristin Van Heertum and Dr. Brooke Rossi discuss what we really need to know about alcohol and fertility. The authors review a wide variety of data and provide a summary of the most salient points.

VIDEOS AND MATERIALS
YourAlberta - FASD and Women
Ashley Baxter and Dr. Therese Grant discuss how FASD impacts everyone differently, and how when coupled with childhood trauma, it can lead to layers of victimization. This presentation aims to provide an overview of what trauma looks like, what FASD looks like and what methods work when working with this population.
YourAlberta - FASD and Justice – A Moderated Discussion
In this moderated interview, Sharon Pearcey and Donna Kristiansen, will seek to answer questions and give expert guidance about navigating the justice system.
YourAlberta - FASD and the Law – A Moderated Discussion
This moderated discussion will seek to answer questions and give expert guidance about navigating the legal system. We will explore the special needs of a person with an FASD who is navigating the courts and the legal system, and the creative ways our panelists have overcome them or believe they can be surmounted.
Clinical Eye Openers - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and Developmental Outcomes
Eminent Presentation by Professor Claire D. Coles (Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, US) at the Ukrainian Catholic University, Lviv, Ukraine, April 2017. Published in Clinical Eye Openers site (http://ceo.medword.net).
AlcoholFreePregnancy - Webinar: Introduction to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: The Medical Assistant’s Role
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) is an umbrella term used to describe the range of effects that can be caused by exposure to alcohol in utero, including growth deficiencies, facial abnormalities, central nervous system impairment, behavioral disorders, and impaired intellectual functioning.

RESEARCH
Sci Rep. - Mechanisms underlying neuro-inflammation and neurodevelopmental toxicity in the mouse neocortex following prenatal exposure to ethanol.
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) constitute a wide range of disorders that arise from prenatal exposure to ethanol (EtOH). However, detailed reports regarding the adverse effects of prenatal EtOH exposure on neocortical morphology and its underlying pathogenic mechanisms are limited.
Biochemistry and Cell Biology - Metabolomics and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder: A Mini-Review
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is a major public health issue that encompasses an array of physical, neurological and behavioral effects due to alcohol consumption during pregnancy.
Journal of Applied Toxicology - Maternal alcohol consumption and altered miRNAs in the developing fetus: Context and future perspectives
Alcohol is a teratogenic agent that can cause a wide range of developmental disorders, and sometimes, the effects persist throughout an individual's lifetime.
Cerebral Cortex - Prenatal Ethanol Exposure and Neocortical Development: A Transgenerational Model of FASD
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, or FASD, represent a range of adverse developmental conditions caused by prenatal ethanol exposure (PrEE) from maternal consumption of alcohol.
Neuropharmacology - Maternal alcohol binge drinking induces persistent neuroinflammation associated with myelin damage and behavioural dysfunctions in offspring mice
Alcohol binge drinking is on the increase in the young adult population, and consumption during pregnancy can be deleterious for foetal development. Maternal alcohol consumption leads to a wide range of long-lasting morphological and behavioural deficiencies known as foetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), associated with neurodevelopmental disabilities.
Bulletin of the World Health Organization - Counting the costs of drinking alcohol during pregnancy: researchers are starting to shed light on the true extent of alcohol consumption during pregnancy
Alcohol is poisonous to the developing fetus throughout the entire nine months of gestation. When a mother-to-be consumes alcohol, it goes directly to the fetus through her blood stream.
Acta Pediatrica - Alcohol exposure during pregnancy altered childhood developmental trajectories in a rural South African community
This study examined the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on childhood development trajectories in a rural South African community between 2003 and 2008.
Birth Defects Research - Differences in neural crest sensitivity to ethanol account for the infrequency of anterior segment defects in the eye compared with craniofacial anomalies in a zebrafish model of fetal alcohol syndrome
Ethanol (ETOH) exposure during pregnancy is associated with craniofacial and neurologic abnormalities, but infrequently disrupts the anterior segment of the eye. In these studies, we used zebrafish to investigate differences in the teratogenic effect of ETOH on craniofacial, periocular, and ocular neural crest.
Neurogenesis - Disruptions to hippocampal adult neurogenesis in rodent models of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
Exposure of the embryo and fetus to alcohol can lead to abnormal physical, neuroanatomical, and behavioral development, collectively known as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs).
Brain, Behavior, and Immunity - Effects of early-life adversity on immune function are mediated by prenatal environment: Role of prenatal alcohol exposure
The contribution of the early postnatal environment to the pervasive effects of prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) is poorly understood. Moreover, PAE often carries increased risk of exposure to adversity/stress during early life.
Scandinavian Journal of Public Health - Care and supportive measures in school-aged children with prenatal substance exposure
Prenatal exposure to substances, including alcohol, opiates, and a number of illicit drugs, may have a negative impact on fetal development. Studies have shown that substance exposure can influence a child’s neurodevelopment and the need for care and supportive measures.
Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse - Smoking and alcohol use among women in Russia: Dual risk for prenatal exposure
Alcohol consumption during pregnancy can produce adverse outcomes; maternal smoking compounds this risk. We examined prevalence of smoking and associations between smoking and alcohol use in Russian women of childbearing age (N = 648).
European Psychiatry - Effect of prenatal exposure to alcohol on the development of brain vessels in human embryos and fetuses
Maternal alcoholization during pregnancy significantly influences the development of the cerebral circulatory system, manifesting mainly in changes in the vascularization of the growing brain.
European Psychiatry - Effect of chronic exposure of Losartan in mouse prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) model
Foetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) is a condition that currently affects 1% of babies born in Europe and North America. It is characterised by memory impairment, developmental delay and distinctive facial features.
Substance Abuse: Research and Treatment - Mental Health in School-Aged Children Prenatally Exposed to Alcohol and Other Substances
Prenatal exposure to substances can possibly influence a child’s neurodevelopment and may impact on subsequent mental health. We investigated the mental health status of school-aged children referred to a pediatric hospital with a history of prenatal exposure to alcohol or other substances.
Brain Imaging and Behavior - Neural correlates of verbal memory in youth with heavy prenatal alcohol exposure
Prenatal alcohol exposure can impact both brain development and neurobehavioral function, including verbal learning and recall, although the relation between verbal recall and brain structure in this population has not been examined fully.
Alcohol - Talking to Parents About Behavioral Problems in Children Following Prenatal Illicit Substance Exposure
A 36-month-old girl with a reported history of prenatal substance exposure is brought to an outpatient pediatric clinic to establish care and receive immunizations to enroll in daycare.

IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Kinderaerzte-im-Netz (Germany) - Erste gemeinsame Tagung zur Fetalen Alkohol Spektrums-Störung (FASD) in Berlin
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, FASD oder Alkoholspektrumstörung heißt die Behinderung, mit der jedes Jahr in Deutschland zwischen 3.000 und 4.000 Kinder zur Welt kommen. FASD ist wahrscheinlich die häufigste angeborene Störung mit Intelligenzminderung. FASD entsteht, wenn die Mutter während der Schwangerschaft Alkohol trinkt.
Ziarul Evenimentul (Romania) - Efectele alcoolului consumat în timpul sarcinii
Conform unui studiu realizat recent la Universitatea Riverside din California, Statele Unite, citat de UPI, consumul de alcool în timpul sarcinii nu are efect negativ numai asupra copilului aflat în perioada intrauterină, ci şi a viitoarelor generaţii
ElEspectador.com (Spain) - Lo que le puede pasar a su hijo a largo plazo si consume alcohol en el embarazo
Ingerir alcohol durante la gestación, así sea de forma esporádica, interrumpe el sistema nervioso central y contribuye al daño cerebral y a la neurodegeneración en adolescentes y adultos, según científicos de la Universidad Pompeu Fabra, en Barcelona.
iReactor (Russia) - Употребление алкоголя во время беременности может вызвать нарушение развития мозга ребенка...
Ученые призывают всех будущих матерей не пить во время беременности. Центр по контролю и профилактике заболеваний (CDC) опубликовал многочисленные материалы об опасностях употребления алкоголя во время беременности, поскольку это может привести к нарушениям функции плода в спиртовой среде (FASD) у новорожденных....
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