Written question HL500: Lord Campbell-Savours 05-07-2017

Asked on: 05 July 2017
Department of Health
Her Majesty's Government what support they are providing for persons whose condition has been described as foetal alcohol spectrum disorder.
Answered by: Lord O'Shaughnessy
Answered on: 18 July 2017

It is recognised that Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) can have a significant impact on the early development of children, their behaviours and their life chances. Early intervention services can help reduce some of the effects of FASD and prevent some of the secondary disabilities that result. Responsibility for commissioning these services lies with clinical commissioning groups.

The United Kingdom Chief Medical Officers’ low risk drinking guidelines provide the public with the most up to date scientific information to help people make informed decisions about their own drinking. The guideline for women who are pregnant or think they could become pregnant, is that the safest approach is not to drink alcohol at all, to reduce risks to the baby to a minimum.

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