The hard hitting documentary will showcase issues surrounding Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and hear from Health Experts who have told ITV’s Exposure why the Government must change it’s advice to women drinking during pregnancy. With over 100 babies being born to Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder every year in Britain, health experts say that this is the ‘single most important preventable cause of incurable brain damage’.
The current advice to women who are pregnant is to avoid drinking alcohol. However the recent guidelines go on to state: “If women do choose to drink, to minimise the risk to the baby, we recommend they should not drink more than one to two units once or twice a week and they should not get drunk.” Researchers have found that alcohol consumption while pregnant has a worse impact than heroin, cocaine, cannabis or tobacco.
There are many contries who already have policies in place stating that no alcohol should be consumed by women who are pregnant. These countries include the USA, Canada, Australia and France.
The unfortunate truth is that children born with Foetal Spectrum Disorder can experience a number of problems, some of which may not manifest until they start school. These symptoms include: Learning difficulties, lack of social boundaries, an inability to listen to instructions, hyperactivity and difficulty with group interaction. Some children with the condition can also suffer from facial deformities, such as small or narrow eyes or a small head.
Professor Sir Al Aynsley-Green, the former First Children’s Commissioner for England, said the current guidelines leave women “confused and anxious” and unable to make important decisions when pregnant.
You can watch the Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder documentary at 9.pm on Tuesday 3rd March 2015.
To read more about this informative documentary, you can visit the ITV.com website.