Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) results from the toxic effect of drinking alcohol when pregnant. Children are born with a recognizable pattern of mental and physical defects.


Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation.

SAMHSA Addressing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)
This guide reviews screening tools for alcohol use and interventions for pregnant women and women of childbearing age to prevent fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).

5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20857
Toll Free: 877-726-4727 or 800-457-4889 (TDD)
Contact SAMHSA

Fetal Alcohol & Drug Unit (FADU) – University of Washington
Provides information for individuals and families, training and consultation

1107 E. 45th Street Suite 120                                                                                                                                        Seattle, WA 98105                                                                                                                                                            Phone: 206-543-7155

Email: ccernst@uw.edu

National Center Birth Defects & Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD)
Information for individuals, families, professionals
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention – Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Mailstop E-86
1600 Clifton RD
Atlanta, GA 30333
Phone: 800-232-4636 or 888-232-6348 (TTY)
Contact Form
Free Materials

March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation
Information on birth defects

Massachusetts Chapter
112 Turnpike RD, Suite 300
Westboro, MA 01581
Phone: 508-366-9066

Massachusetts Bureau of Substance Abuse Services
Funds treatment for substance abusing pregnant women. Some treatment centers fund treatment for newborn or young children.
Department of Public Health
250 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02108
Phone:  617-624-5111
HelpLines: TTY and ASCII Users: 800-720-3480
Voice and Hearing Users: 800-327-5050

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD)
information about alcohol and substance abuse and risks during pregnancy
217 Broadway, Suite 712
New York, NY 10022
Phone: 212-269-7797
Hotline: 800-NCA-CALL (24 hour referral)
Email: national@ncadd.org

Other Information:

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome – US National Library of Medicine

Alcohol can harm a baby at any stage during a pregnancy.

Fact Sheet last updated on: 2/15/2023


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