CDC has been involved in FASD-related activities since 1991. The mission of the CDC FAS Prevention Team is to prevent fetal alcohol syndrome and other prenatal alcohol-related conditions and ameliorate these conditions in children already affected.
Monitoring Alcohol Use
CDC monitors alcohol use among women of childbearing age in the United States. This type of data are important to help reduce alcohol-exposed pregnancies by identifying groups of women at increased risk and designing prevention programs aimed at reducing risk behaviors and improving pregnancy outcomes.
Tracking Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS)
CDC is working with several states to develop FAS tracking systems. It is important to know how many people have FAS in order to understand and identify vulnerable populations; target prevention and treatment resources; and evaluate the strengths and limitations of various prevention, intervention, and treatment strategies.
Preventing Alcohol Use During Pregnancy
CDC works to prevent alcohol use during pregnancy by conducting research studies and implementing and disseminating evidence-based interventions (e.g., Project CHOICES) for women at risk of an alcohol-exposed pregnancy. CDC also supports education and training activities for various audiences.
Educating Families, Professionals, and the Public
CDC educates families, professionals, and the public by supporting trainings for medical and allied health students and practitioners, promoting screening and intervention tools for women's health care providers, promoting educational materials to various audiences, and responding to public inquiries.
Children with FASDs are at very high risk for developing secondary conditions such as difficulties in school, trouble with the law, substance abuse problems, and mental health problems. CDC is helping to address this challenge by implementing tested intervention strategies for children living with FASDs in community-based settings.
Prenatal alcohol exposure is a challenging issue both in the United States and other countries around the world. CDC is partnering with the Danish Medical Research Council to examine potential central nervous system vulnerabilities and deficits among children with varying levels of prenatal alcohol exposure.
To read about past FASD activities, visit our Past Activities page.
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Prevention Team
Division of Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1600 Clifton Rd., MS-E86
Atlanta, GA 30333
Phone: 1-800-CDC-INFO (232-4636)
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- Page last reviewed: April 16, 2014
- Page last updated: April 16, 2014
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