These films were commissioned by FASD Awareness SE, to draw a greater awareness of the condition and its impact on individuals, families, care-givers and society in general.
The films include Dr Raja Mukherjee, Consultant Psychiatrist and Honorary Senior Lecturer at St George’s, University of London, Consultant Paediatrician Dr Adesoji Abiona, and Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Gina Radford explaining the effects of alcohol on a foetus, and giving candid facts about the life of children with this lifelong disability.
Both films are powerful tools to help FASD Awareness SE promote and educate the public worldwide of the possible effects drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause to a developing foetus. FASD Awareness South East believes in working towards a better future by supporting those living with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and raising awareness of the irreversible, lifelong impact that drinking alcohol during pregnancy may cause to an unborn baby. Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders is an umbrella term used to describe a group of conditions that affect a person due to prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE). It is probably the most common preventable cause of non-genetic learning disability, and such individuals may also be affected by a number of complex, lifelong, physical, mental, psychological and emotional difficulties due to the exposure to alcohol as a foetus. Alcohol exposure during pregnancy can cause irreversible damage to the structure and function of organs in the body, particularly the brain.
Timely diagnosis and support can, and has been shown to, lead to positive and more fulfilled lives. Our aim at FASD Awareness SE is to promote FASD awareness in a positive way by providing support and education on this condition. We follow the Chief Medical Officers UK recommendation that: ”If you’re pregnant or planning to become pregnant, the safest approach is not to drink alcohol at all to keep risks to your baby to a minimum. Drinking in pregnancy can lead to long term harm to the baby.”