Free Webinar: Proof Alliance NC – FASD Resources & More
The Arc of North Carolina is proud to offer Proof Alliance NC as an advocacy program across the state to help prevent Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, the number one cause of intellectual and developmental disabilities in our country.
About Proof Alliance NC
Proof Alliance NC is a statewide program funded by the SAMHSA Substance Abuse Prevention & Treatment Block Grant (SAPTBG) and has been in operation since 2002. Proof Alliance NC strives to prevent alcohol-exposed pregnancies by providing training, education, and resources to professionals who serve individuals of reproductive age, deliver prevention messaging and resources to individuals who can become pregnant, as well as resources for professionals who provide supports to families and individuals impacted by FASD.
More than 50 years of research has proven that drinking alcohol during pregnancy is unsafe and can affect the development of the fetus, causing lifelong effects. You may have heard that a little bit of wine is okay during pregnancy, but the research says otherwise. Scientists have determined that:
- There is no safe amount of alcohol during pregnancy.
- There is no safe time to drink alcohol during pregnancy.
- There is no safe type of alcohol during pregnancy.
Why are alcohol-free pregnancies so important? They are much safer and healthier for both the baby and the pregnant person. Avoiding alcohol during pregnancy also helps the baby be healthier even after they’re born!
Drinking while pregnant can cause brain injury that may impact the child for the rest of their life. Alcohol use during pregnancy can also cause physical, mental, behavioral, and/or learning disabilities. These effects are known as fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). FASD can bring some extra challenges to a person’s life. If a person does not drink any alcohol during pregnancy, their baby cannot be born with FASD or alcohol-related birth conditions. Alcohol and pregnancy do not mix. We have the PROOF!
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