Alaska takes an innovative stance in preventing foetal alcoholism

Publié le : 16 June 2014

 “Alaska is the American state with the highest recorded incidence of fœtal anomalies related to prenatal exposure to alcohol”. This is why Alaska is following in the footsteps of Minnesota, and intends to offer free pregnancy tests in around twenty bars and restaurants as from December 2014.       

 
The aim of this initiative is to reduce the risk of miscarriage and anomalies in newborn infants. These tests will therefore be available in locations of high alcohol consumption and are intended for women who do not know that they are pregnant. One in two pregnancies in Alaska is not planned. Just one “night of drunkenness” can cause fœtal alcohol syndrome in the first month following conception.

 

In France, the National College of Gynaecologists and Obstetricians estimates that 7,000 babies present with the sequelae of fœtal alcohol syndrome every year.

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