Northam students educated on​ Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Students at Northam Senior High School engaged in conversation about the affects of alcohol in pregnancy to coincide with last Friday’s International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Day.

The Northam Local Drug Action Group challenged students to have conversations with friends and women about the damage to unborn babies caused by drinking during pregnancy.

Despite Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder being entirely preventable by abstaining from alcohol, one in five women continues to consume alcohol despite knowledge of pregnancy, according to the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education.

The students joined together to pause for a minute to reflect on the information presented.

School Drug Education and Road Aware consultant Rose Power said not drinking alcohol is the safest choice for women who are pregnant, planning a pregnancy or breastfeeding. 

“Each pregnancy is different and for women who have already consumed alcohol during pregnancy it’s important to know that there are benefits for stopping alcohol use any time,” she said.

“If women are concerned about their alcohol use during pregnancy they can speak to a health professional or call the Alcohol and Drug Support Service.”

If you would like more information about Northam LDAG’s activities or would like to become a volunteer contact Rose Power on 0427479781.