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Alcohol Harms the Brain Most at Three Key Stages of Life

“Researchers say evidence suggests three periods of dynamic brain changes that may be particularly sensitive to the harmful effects of alcohol: gestation (from conception to birth), later adolescence (15-19 years), and older adulthood (over 65 years).”
- Technology Networks

Dog-assisted Therapy Shows Promise in Treating Youth with FASD

“A new study found that children and adolescents with FASD showed reduced symptoms after dog-assisted therapy when administered alongside pharmacological treatment. The findings were published in Frontiers in Psychology.”
- Psy Post

The Importance of Collecting Data on Pregnant Women and Infants During Public Health Emergencies

“The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials published this blog post from CDC NCBDDD Director Dr. Karen Remley.   The post highlights data released last month by CDC on pregnant women with COVID-19, some of which was collected through NCBDDD’s Surveillance for Emerging Threats to Mothers and Babies Network (SET-NET).”

The Year Of Drinking Dangerously

This article states, “A growing number of women are boozing more than ever during COVID—but what we’re seeking in alcohol may never be found at the bottom of a glass.

A study in JAMA Network Open found that from 2019 to 2020, reported episodes of heavy drinking among women (at least four drinks in one day) increased by 41 percent.”
- ELLE

UPDATED! Key Messages for Pregnant Women during the COVID-19 Pandemic

We understand that the current state of the world is very confusing and stressful. COVID-19 is a newer virus and we are still trying to determine how it affects the human body both initially and long-term. If you are pregnant, we also understand that might cause increased anxiety about all of the unknowns. Please keep the following in mind:

Proof Alliance Partners with The Arc of North Carolina to Expand Programming to Reduce Prenatal Alcohol Exposure

In collaboration with Proof Alliance, FASDinNC is becoming Proof Alliance North Carolina (Proof Alliance NC). FASDinNC is a statewide program funded by the SAMHSA Substance Abuse Prevention & Treatment Block Grant (SAPTBG) and has been in operation since 2002. FASDinNC strives to prevent alcohol-exposed pregnancies by providing education, training, and resources to women of childbearing age and the professionals who serve them. FASDinNC is a project of The Arc of North Carolina.