FASD is a preventable birth defect.

Alcohol use anytime during pregnancy can cause brain damage and permanent birth defects in the fetus. It is believed, that there is no safe amount, and no safe time to drink alcohol while pregnant. The safest choice is to stop drinking before you get pregnant and to not drink alcohol at all throughout the pregnancy.


You can prevent FASD by knowing the facts!

FACT: There is no safe amount of alcohol to drink at any time of the pregnancy. Alcohol affects the growth and formation of the brain from the day of conception. So there is no safe amount and no safe time to drink alcohol during a pregnancy. Zero matters!
FACT: Alcohol is present in beer, coolers, wine and spirits. A standard drink is defined as:

  • 12 oz. glass of 5% alcohol content (beer, cider, cooler)
  • 5 oz. glass of wine with 12% alcohol content
  • 1.5 oz. serving of 46% distilled alcohol content (rye, gin, rum etc.)

Remember, some types of drinks may have a higher concentration of alcohol, such as fortified wines and mixed drinks.

FACT: Since there is no safe amount of alcohol to drink at any time during pregnancy, even a casual drinker could have a child with FASD. This means that any female who may be drinking (even a glass of wine at dinner) may have a child with FASD! If you THINK you may be pregnant – it is important to overcome social pressure and avoid alcohol.
FACT: Fifty percent (50%) of pregnancies are unplanned. All females of child-bearing age, who are sexually active and drink alcohol, are at risk of giving birth to a child with FASD. No female intentionally seeks to harm her unborn child, but drinking when you “could be pregnant” is not safe. There is no safe time and no safe amount of alcohol!
FACT: You can still enjoy going out with friends and protect your baby by not drinking alcohol. You can order soft drinks or mocktails (non-alcoholic cocktails) and still have a good time being part of the group.
ANSWER: If people urge you to have a drink, tell them that research shows there is no safe amount of alcohol when you’re pregnant. You’re doing what is best for your baby.
FACT: If you’re not ready to tell people you’re pregnant but still want to be part of a night out, volunteer to be the designated driver. Use other excuses, like saying you have an early morning and need a clear head, or whatever works best for you! Remember, you are protecting your unborn baby by not drinking alcohol!
FACT: If you have concerns about your drinking, you can:

For local help contact:

Peel Health Line


Q&A courtesy of Halton FASD

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Christmas Mocktails

Check out these Mocktail recipes from CanFASD to enjoy the holiday season, or any season, alcohol-free.

  • Mulled Cranberry Cocktail
  • Mock Champagne
  • Virgin Bellini
  • Sparkling Pomegranate Mocktail
  • and many more…