FASD may not be recognised at birth but can occasionally surface later in life and has long-lasting effects. Its effects are wide-ranging and include everything from heart troubles to problems with bones and organs to issues relating to cognitive and sensory processing and Attention Deficit Disorder.  


On the National FASD website, there are some interesting statistics surrounding about the different  

Around half of all people with FASD have attention deficit hyperactivity disorders (ADHD). 

62% have vision impairment (a rate of more than thirty times higher than the general population). 

58% have hearing problems (more than a hundred times higher than the general population). 

83% have speech and language delays. 

91% suffer from impulsivity and inappropriate behaviour. 


Think about some of these suggestions for helping if you are close to someone pregnant and drinking: 

Ask them if they want information or support;  

Don't criticise, judge, or pressure them to find solutions;  

Offer them practical support, such as abstaining from alcohol while you are together, watching other children to give them a break, or going to midwife or other appointments with them; encourage them and recognise any progress they make;  

Assist them in obtaining any professional assistance they may require. 

Hertfordshire and Essex County Council are introducing the #DRYMESTER conversation to help reduce cases of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). When it comes to drinking alcohol during pregnancy, there’s no safe time, no safe amount. Find out more here: http://drymester.org.uk/he 


  • Finally, here at The Living Room, we recognise addiction as a family crisis or dysfunction and are aware from our considerable experience that a change in one family member's attitudes and behaviours can result in change and recovery for the entire family system. However, without ongoing assistance, transformation can be challenging to keep up. If you have any concerns about your alcohol consumption/addiction or the addiction of a loved one and would like to break the cycle and be in control of your life again. Contact 0300 365 0304 or visit our alcohol addiction or family and carers page for more information.