National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) has published two new studies on alcohol use during pregnancy published recently.
- The journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research has published “The association of mild, moderate, and binge prenatal alcohol exposure and child neuropsychological outcomes: A meta-analysis.”Rread the abstract of the study here and a summary of key findings here.
- The journal American Journal of Health Education has published “Women's knowledge, views, and experiences regarding alcohol use and pregnancy: Opportunities to improve health messages.” Read the article’s abstract here and summary of key findings here.
FAS ANNIVERSARY. 2013 marks the 40th anniversary of when Drs. Kenneth Lyons Jones and David Smith discovered Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS). In the following video, Dr. Jones delivers a powerful message about drinking alcohol during pregnancy. Plus, expert resources are available on MotherToBaby.org. To view the video click here.
New Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Report: Excessive Alcohol Use Very Expensive for States, DC
We are pleased to announce the release of a new article entitled the “State Costs of Excessive Alcohol Consumption, 2006.” The article, which is available free to the public, is being posted online today by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, and will be published in the journal’s October 2013 online issue.
The authors report that excessive alcohol use cost states and D.C. a median of $2.9 billion in 2006 (the most recent data available), ranging from $420 million in North Dakota to $32 billion in California. This means the median cost per state for each alcoholic drink consumed was about $1.91.
Binge drinking, which is defined as consuming five or more drinks on an occasion for men or four or more drinks on an occasion for women, was responsible for more than 70 percent of excessive alcohol use related costs in all states and D.C. The District of Columbia had the highest per-person cost ($1,662), while Utah had the highest cost per drink ($2.74). Furthermore, about $2 of every $5 in state costs were paid by government.
Economic cost estimates for states and D.C. were based on a previous CDC study that found that excessive drinking cost the United States $223.5 billion in 2006. Costs were assessed across 26 cost categories and included losses in workplace productivity, health care expenses, criminal justice, and motor vehicle crash expenses. However, the study did not include a number of other costs, such as those due to pain and suffering, and is therefore likely to be an underestimate.
We encourage you to find out how much excessive drinking cost your state or district, and help us spread the word by:
- Customizing and releasing the press release below for your state,*
- Customizing and posting some of the suggested Facebook or Twitter text below to your account*, and
- Raising awareness about the high cost of excessive drinking where you live.
Please visit our web site – www.cdc.gov/alcohol – for more information on excessive alcohol use, and the alcohol section of the Community Guideweb site for more information on evidence-based strategies to prevent excessive alcohol use.
Thank you for your continued interest and efforts in the prevention of excessive alcohol consumption.
Preparing a Healthy Path:
The Impacts of FAS/ARND on Tribal Justice Systems
A Training Curriculum for Tribal Justice Systems Personnel
In 2001, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Prevention Team awarded the National Indian Justice Center (NIJC) a cooperative agreement. Pursuant to that cooperative agreement, NIJC developed a fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) awareness curriculum which promotes a tribal multi-disciplinary team approach for responding to persons with FAS and alcohol related neuro-developmental disorder (ARND) who are involved in the tribal justice system as defendants, witnesses and/or victims. The goals of this curriculum are to increase awareness of FAS/ARND among tribal justice system personnel and to reduce the secondary disabilities associated with FAS/ARND specifically those that result in increased criminal behavior among or victimization of persons with FAS/ARND.
To learn more about FAS/ARND, go to About FAS.
This curriculum is available through NIJC at a cost of $40 including, printing, handouts and standard shipping via U.S. mail. For more information about the curriculum content, go to About the FAS Curriculum. To order the curriculum, go to NIJC's Publication List.
A New Resource to Help Pediatricians Identify and Manage Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs)
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), with support through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) has developed a comprehensive, web-based FASD toolkit (www.aap.org/fasd) that helps to raise awareness, promote surveillance and screening, and ensure that all affected children receive appropriate and timely interventions
Back (and) To The Future
1973-2013: 40 Years Of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure & FASD
September 26-27, 2013
Atlantic City Convention Center, Atlantic City, NJ
SAVE THE DATE
First International Conference on Prevention of FASD
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
September 23-25, 2013
Shaw Conference Centre
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
For more information visit: conference website