May 24, 2018

Research News

Risky Drinking Patterns Are Being Continued into Pregnancy: A Prospective Cohort Study This study from Australia states, “The aim of this study was to describe the characteristics of women that partake in risky drinking patterns before pregnancy and to examine how these patterns change once they become pregnant… Over a third of women continued risky drinking into pregnancy, especially binge drinking, suggesting a need to address alcohol consumption prior to pregnancy.” – PLOS

Study: One Drinking Binge Can Have Lasting Effects – Business Standard

“A new study has suggested that indulging in a drinking binge even once during pregnancy could have long lasting effects on the child’s behaviour in later years.

According to the Danish study, the infants exposed to one or two binges of alcohol in the womb were more likely to have short attention spans and be badly behaved on turning seven, Daily Mail reported Saturday.

A binge was classified as two-and-a-half large glasses of wine or more. This could concern many women who enjoy drinks with friends before realising they are pregnant.

The study tracked the health of over 30,000 babies born to women who had been asked about drinking during pregnancy. A binge was defined as downing at least 7.5 units of alcohol in one session, with a large wine containing three units.

According to researcher Janni Niclasen of Copenhagen University, if one exposed the child to one or two binges in early pregnancy, the brain would be less flexible. “When that child grows up and is put in a difficult situation, it might make a difference to the way that child will cope.”

“Women really shouldn’t panic. They should think about what they eat and drink for the rest of their pregnancy,” she said, while warning that binge drinking early in pregnancy is known to raise the risk of miscarriages, stillbirths and birth defects.

Liz Kulp- "DON’T FOLLOW MY or THEIR PATH – It is TOO hard"

Liz Kulp- “DON’T FOLLOW MY or THEIR PATH – It is TOO hard”

Liz Kulp is the author of two books: The best I can be, living with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome or Effects and The Braided Cord, Tough Times In and Out.

“DON’T FOLLOW MY or THEIR PATH – It is TOO hard” is the advice Liz Kulp gives to teens and young adults.

“Alcohol and babies don’t mix and hurt babies in all social classes. Live in my brain and body one day and you will soon discover it is hard. Really hard. Regardless of your color, age, sex or religion – you will be discriminated against – counted as incapable and misunderstood. Often!”

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Feed the Brain, Heal the Mind

For children with already fragile systems due to prenatal exposure to alcohol quality nutrition, exercise, sleep and play allows them the opportunity to live better lives. As an infant, Jodee Kulp’s adopted daughter Liz had been unable to tolerate milk or many, many formulas and Jodee had turned to a dietician to help keep her alive.

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Message from the director

After struggling for five years, we'd finally begun to have an impact in Western Ukraine thanks largely to a contribution from the National Organisation for Foetal Alcohol Syndrome in the United Kingdom (NOFAS-UK) and the work of two volunteers: Mary Hnatkovsky and Oxana Boichuk. But that was before the protests in Maidan and the Russian invasion of Crimea. more

Ukraine Works goes to Ethiopia

Members of Ukraine Works Board of Directors voted unanimously to permit us to fund a FASD prevention music-video targeting young people in the Tigrai Region of Ethiopia. It will be the 11th in a series done by Abadi Abreha with help from  US Peace Corps volunteer Benjamin Morse and approved by the region’s Ministry of Education and the Coptic Christian and Muslim communities.