Preventing foetal alcohol syndrome

Foetal alcohol syndromeis completely avoidable if youdon't drink alcohol while you're pregnant.

The risk is higher the more you drink,although there's no proven "safe" level of alcohol in pregnancy. Not drinking at all is the safest approach.

If you're pregnant andstrugglingwith an alcoholproblem,talk to your midwife, doctor or pharmacist.

It's never too late to stop drinking: stopping at any point during pregnancy can help reduce the risk of problems in your baby.

Confidential help and support is alsoavailable from:

  • Drinkline the national alcohol helpline; if you're worried about your own or someone else's drinking, call this free helpline on 0300 123 1110 (weekdays 9amto 8pm, weekends 11amto 4pm)
  • Addaction a UK-wide treatment agency that helps individuals, families and communities manage the effects of alcohol and drug misuse
  • Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) a free self-help group; its "12-step" programme involves getting sober with the help of regular support groups
  • NOFAS-UK helpline on020 8458 5951
  • the FASD Trust helpline on01608 811 599

You can also find your nearest alcohol support services or read advice on cutting down your drinking and alcohol in pregnancy .

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018