News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 

Risk of Fetal Damage Could Increase, Warns ALAC



Risk of Fetal Damage Could Increase, Warns ALAC

“Increases in the number of young women drinking at hazardous levels could potentially increase the occurrence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in future generations,” says Gerard Vaughan, Chief Executive of the Alcohol Advisory Council (ALAC).

Speaking on the eve of International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Day (9/9/10) Mr Vaughan said the rates of hazardous drinking among women aged 25 to 34 over the past decade had increased from 14 to 18 percent (Law Commission report).

“Binge drinking is a major issue for many New Zealanders and some women are continuing to drink while pregnant.”

“We support the Ministry of Health’s advice that there is no safe level of drinking at any stage during pregnancy and the need for health professionals to give consistent advice to pregnant women.”

“Friends and families also have a role in supporting and encouraging pregnant women to not drink while pregnant,” he said.

Health professionals providing advice complements other initiatives including: work to improve the diagnosis of FASD; research on its prevalence; support for those diagnosed with FASD and their families; and the use of health advisory labels.

ALAC currently has an application with the Food Standards Australia New Zealand for health advisory labelling on alcohol containers to caution against drinking during pregnancy.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Scoop Review Of Books: 'the everrumble' by Michelle Elvy

This is Zettie’s tale from her birth date in 1965 through to her ‘passing’ at the age of 105. Yet, Zettie’s tale is our own tale, as humans still all-too-often hell-bent on destroying our environment and therefore our fellow creatures – and thus – symbiotically and inevitably – ourselves. More>>

Tuia 250: Endeavour Arrives At Tūranganui-A-Kiwa

The co-chair for Tuia 250 national commemorations says it's not a bad thing if people want to express their views, as a replica of Captain Cook's Endeavour is today set to make its way into Tūranganui-a-Kiwa... Local iwi oppose the ship's visit and have refused to do a pōhiri. More>>

ALSO:

On 7–19 October: NZ Improv Fest Turns (It Up To) Eleven

The New Zealand Improv Festival (NZIF) is celebrating eleven years by going 110%; this national festival has increased to two weeks of improvisation with guests from all over the world. More>>

ALSO:

NZ On Air: $12 Million For Stimulating Content For Tamariki

New Zealand tamariki have much to be excited about, with just under $12.5 million in funding confirmed for a raft of new screen and music content including a new daily kids quiz show. More>>

ALSO:

Master Storyteller: Author Jack Lasenby Remembered

Jack Lasenby died on Friday, aged 88. He was the author of children's books, novels, and short stories. He was the winner of numerous awards, including the Prime Minister's award for Literary Achievement in 2014. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland