You might have seen a new ad on TV targeting women telling us that we should stop drinking alcohol as soon as we start trying for a baby, which goes beyond the traditional advice that we need to abstain from booze once we actually become pregnant.
So what has brought about this new campaign, and why is it that the opinions and advice about how much alcohol is safe to consume during pregnancy and when seems to vary wildly from one source to another?
The Quicky speaks to an expert in alcohol research, and a woman who was dependent on alcohol during her pregnancy to find out what the risks are when it comes to Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) and Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
If you would like more information about alcohol, pregnancy and FASD, please visit the No FASD Australia website.
Host: Claire Murphy
With thanks to:
Ange - Mother of a child who lives with FASD
Caterina Giorgi - Chief Executive Officer at the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE), the leading not-for-profit organisation working towards an Australia free from alcohol harms
Producer: Claire Murphy
Executive Producer: Siobhán Moran-McFarlane
Audio Producer: Ian Camilleri
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