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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


Steering Committee

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Steering Committee Members

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Steering Committee Strategic 5-Year Plan


Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Prevention Community Card

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Prevention Provider Card

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Resource Directory - coming soon!

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders 101 PowerPoint - coming soon!


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