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About Us

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.

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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

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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.

Learn More

To learn more about the projects described above, visit our Research page and Training and Education page.

Past Activities

To read about past FASD activities, visit our Past Activities page.

If you have questions about FASDs or drinking during pregnancy, please contact us via e-mail at or phone at 1-800-CDC-INFO (232-4636).

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