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Is it Safe to drink alcohol while pregnant?
No FASD is the only preventable birth defect.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) refers to the range of effects that can occur in an individual who was exposed to alcohol during pregnancy.  Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause:

  • Heart problems
  • Kidney problems
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Behavior problems
  • Learning problems
  • Low birthweight

The good news is that FASD is completely preventable. If a woman does not drink alcohol while she is pregnant, her child cannot get FASD.

About the State of Ohio FASD State Steering Committee 

Ohio’s Statewide FASD Steering Committee is an alliance of several state agencies, colleges and universities, health and human services providers and parents.  The Committee’s mission is to establish efficiency in state systems resource allocation and coordination of services and resources to address FASD.

Mission Statement:
To increase awareness of the impact of alcohol-exposed pregnancies, collaborate with agencies to establish resources, coordinate interventions and diagnostic services for families affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.

Program Contact Information

Alexis Martin

Mailing Address:
Ohio Department of Health
Bureau of Maternal, Child, and Family Health
246 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43215

Phone: 614-466-7240
Fax: 614-644-9850

E-mail: alexis.martin@odh.ohio.gov


Strategic Plan 

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Strategic Plan 2016-2021

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders New Strategic Plan 2022-2027

Steering Committee

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Steering Committee Members


Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Prevention Community Card

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Prevention Provider Card

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Indicator Provider Card for Diverse Communities

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Indicator Provider Card

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Resource Directory

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders 101 PowerPoint


Introduction to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and Red Flags

Screening, Referral, and Diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Treatment, Advocacy and Resources for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

How to Navigate School When You Have a Child with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Diversity Competence in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and Impact of Stigma

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Quick Resource Modules


Center for Disease Control and Prevention - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Prevention

Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

American Academy of Pediatrics - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Toolkit

YouTube Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Public Service Announcement

Women Infants and Children (WIC) - Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention (ASBI)

Ohio Department of Health - Locations of Clinical Genetic Services

National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorders - Awareness Packet