News and Updates

July 5, 2018:  A recent NIAAA/HBO Documentary "Risky Drinking" spotlights Alcohol Use Disorder as an important public health concern. 

July 5, 2018: The AAP blog article "Is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder More Common Than We Think?," reviews the recent FASD prevalence findings by May et al. It is a concise and user-friendly analysis that concludes that FASDs are indeed more common than providers and the public think, and prevention and diagnosis are both important public health issues. 

June 27, 2018: Upcoming training on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders from the the Georgia Office of the Child Advocate on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM EDT. Learn more and register here

May 4, 2018: A recent article entitled "A review of the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT), AUDIT-C, and USAUDIT for screening in the United States: Past issues and future directions," highlights the importance of using the US version of the AUDIT when screening for alcohol use in the United States. Access the CDC's guide "Planning and Implementing Screening and Brief Intervention for Risky Alcohol Use" for the full and abbreviated versions of the AUDIT (US).

April 23, 2018: CDC recently launched a new web page to provide guidance on consuming alcohol while breastfeeding.

April 23, 2018: The CDC has published a new fact sheet on alcohol and opioids, to introduce health departments and health care providers to alcohol screening and brief intervention and to discuss its usefulness in helping excessive drinkers drink less when they have been prescribed an opioid pain reliever or stop drinking altogether while using these medications.

April 23, 2018: The CDC recently launched a new alcohol portal to increase awareness of the health effects of excessive alcohol use. It provides one-stop access to all of CDC’s alcohol prevention related information.  

March 20, 2018: A recent article in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine finds that 37 million Americans binge drink and 88,000 Americans die annually related to excessive drinking.

March 14, 2018:  Access a guide for college students to help prevent binge drinking, DUIs, and other risky drinking situations. This resource was created by the organization Affordable Colleges Online as one of several projects to support the needs of college students.

February 26, 2018:  ACOG has created NEW tools for ob-gyns to help navigate the reimbursement codes related to FASD prevention:

Coding Basics Guide for Prevention of FASDs 
FASD Coding Quick Reference Table
FASD Maternal Codes Table
FASD Infant Codes Table 

February 22, 2018: A recording of a recent webinar, "The Opioid Crisis: Understanding Pain and Preventing Opioid Misuse," is now available

February 20, 2018: Upcoming webinar series- "Preventing, Identifying, & Treating Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders."  The content will be presented in three, one-hour webinars:
1. March 8th, 2-3 pm ET: Overview of FASD and Preventing Alcohol-exposed Pregnancies- Register
2. March 15th, 2-3 pm ET: Treatment and Interventions & Addressing Stigma- Register 
3. March 22nd, 2-3 pm ET: Building Community Supports & Becoming an FASD Champion- Register 

February 9, 2018: A recent JAMA study suggests that the prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) is much higher than previously believed. Estimates of the number of children in the US impacted by fetal alcohol exposure range from about 1 in 100 to 1 in 10, higher than the number of children with Autism. 

February 8, 2018: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Collaborative for Alcohol-Free Pregnancy announce the availability of free online courses, available at

January 19, 2018: "Pregnant Women with Substance Use Disorders Need Health Care, Not Incarceration"- ACOG released a joint statement with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), March of Dimes and the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS) in response to the policy instituted by the Big Horn County Attorney’s Office in Montana to prosecute and incarcerate pregnant women for drug/alcohol use. 

January 17, 2018: National Perinatal Association will hold it's annual conference in Loma Linda, California on March 14-16: "Perinatal Substance Use: Evidence-based Solutions and Support for the Family." Register here

January 2, 2018: Earn MOC Part IV and CME credit: NEW, free, two-part training on preventing alcohol-exposed pregnancies
Part I:  The Role of the Obstetrician/Gynecologist in the Prevention of FASD  
Part II: Alcohol SBI Training for the Healthcare Professional

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