Less booze, more healthy babies: AMA

CHANGING our drinking culture could improve the lives of thousands of babies, the Australian Medical Association says.

Speaking on International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Day on Wednesday, AMA president Brian Owler urged medical professionals to educate women about the dangers of drinking while pregnant.

"The key to reducing alcohol-related harms is a change in the Australian drinking culture, with a new focus on promoting and encouraging more responsible alcohol consumption," Professor Owler said.

"This will lead to reduced harms to individual drinkers and, importantly, reduced harms to other people, including unborn children."

"Every time a health professional sees a woman patient, there is potential to prevent a new case of FASD and promote education and awareness of the harms of alcohol during pregnancy."

- APN NEWSDESK


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