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Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is a pattern of mental and physical defects that can develop in a foetus when the mother drinks alcohol during pregnancy.
The timing and frequency of the alcohol consumption during pregnancy are major factors in the risk of a child developing FAS.
The ingestion of alcohol does not always result in FAS.
The effects of FAS are irreversible.
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It is estimated that between 0.2/1.5 in every 1000 live births.
Alcohol crosses the placenta and can