Cause of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

What Causes Fetal Alcohol Syndrome?

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is caused by a pregnant mother exposing her unborn child to alcohol.  This exposure severely stunts the development of the unborn child.  The effects extend are varied and often extremely harmful to the child and will hurt their mental and physical development as they mature into adulthood.  

Risk Levels – Consuming any alcohol while pregnant is harmful to the child’s development but there are different levels of risk.


High Risk – Confirmed use of Alcohol accompanied by high blood alcohol levels

Some Risk – Confirmed use of Alcohol with lower than high blood alcohol levels

No Risk – No alcohol consumed while pregnant


Although the level of risk goes down if you have lower blood alcohol levels it doesn’t mean that the consequences are less severe.  The best thing to do for your child is to completely quit drinking while pregnant. 

Drinking Alcohol while pregnant can cause horrible health problems.  List of Fetal Alcohol Symptoms