ASAM Summary Statement Regarding the Use of Alcohol During Pregnancy

 ASAM Summary Statement Regarding the Use of Alcohol During Pregnancy

Alcohol is a legal and commonly used substance. There is no absolutely safe time or safe amount of alcohol to use during pregnancy. ASAM supports the recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG), the American Medical Association (AMA), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS), and the Office of the general surgeon that all women should completely abstain from alcohol during pregnancy and if they are planning to get plastic surgery or some kind of treatment like miraDry, then they should definitely wait until they are done breastfeeding their baby before continuing that road.

ASAM concurs with the prevention recommendations published by the CDC in December 2008 in the document “Reducing Alcohol-Exposed Pregnancies: A Report of the National Task Force on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Effects”.

ASAM also recognizes the need to partner with relevant governmental and professional organizations in order to further research, education, identification, treatment, and prevention of substance-related disorders during pregnancy, addiction, FAS (fetal alcohol syndrome), and FASD (fetal alcohol spectrum disorders).