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Charity says birth defects can be caused by alcohol exposure in the womb
SHOPPERS were being reminded of the dangers of drinking alcohol during pregnancy today (Monday, September 9).
Members of national charity the Lifeline Project – which works with families affected by drug and alcohol abuse – were spreading their message at the Middleton Grange Shopping Centre in Hartlepool.
They were wearing special t-shirts featuring a warning message and “froze” for several minutes at various locations to drive home the message that pregnant mothers should stop drinking for nine months to protect their unborn baby.
The event, backed by the Safer Hartlepool Partnership, took place on National Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Day.
Sharon Robson, Hartlepool Council’s Health Improvement Practitioner – Drugs and Alcohol, said: “Children affected by FASD may show a variety of learning difficulties and behavioural problems.
“They may have damage to their brain and nervous system which may have been caused by their mother drinking alcohol when pregnant.
“Everyone can play a constructive role in raising awareness and preventing foetal alcohol harm. The latest Department of Health guidance recommends that women do not drink during pregnancy, and so it’s vital that we reach prospective mothers and their partners earlier and more persuasively with factual information and practical guidance.”
Statistics show that approximately one per cent of all babies born may have some form of FASD.
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