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ARC Smart Start FASD Prevention Project

When a pregnant woman drinks alcohol, the result can be a range of permanent physical, cognitive and/or behavioral problems – collectively called Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is the most recognizable of these disorders.

  • FASD is the leading cause of mental retardation.
  • There are more cases of FASD than cases of Down’s Syndrome, Muscular Dystrophy, and Spina Bifida combined.
  • Alcohol causes more damage to the fetus than any other drug.
  • Each year in the US more than 5,000 babies are born with FAS.
  • At least 5 times as many are born with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.
  • FASD is 100% preventable.
  • Only cause is alcohol consumption during pregnancy.
  • No amount of alcohol is known to be safe during pregnancy.

ARC's Smart Start FASD Prevention Project has implemented an FASD prevention protocol based on motivational interviewing with high-risk women in nine of ARC's gender-sensitive substance abuse treatment programs serving the needs of women and their children in Dane County. Project goals include the following:

  • Abstinence from drinking alcohol during pregnancy
  • Abstinence from drinking alcohol during childbearing years (ages 18 to 44)
  • Effective use of birth control methods if sexually active and actively drinking

Alcohol Use in Wisconsin

Wisconsin ranks #1 for women who binge drink between the ages of 18-44.

  • In Wisconsin, over 66% of women of childbearing age (18-44) drink alcohol.
  • Over 25% of Wisconsin women screened positive for at-risk drinking
  • Wisconsin has the highest prevalence in the US of reported frequent alcohol consumption
    among women ages 18-44 with 25.26%

What can we do?
  • Educate ourselves.
  • Educate the public.
  • Get help for children who have FASD
  • Act as an advocate for adults with FASD





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Paulette Romashko, Project Director
ARC Community Services, Inc.
2001 West Beltline Hwy, Suite 102
Madison, WI 53713
Phone: 608-278-2300
Fax: 608-278-2313
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