Welcome to our team website!For our project for Developmental Biology, Spring 2014 we decided our topic should be interesting and something of importance. As college students, alcohol is a huge part of the college lifestyle. Something we have always been taught is that women should not consume alcohol during pregnancy, we all know this is bad but do most people even know the effects? We decided to do a website on the effect of alcohol on fetal and childhood development.


Team Fiji consists of the following members:

  • Max Girshevitsky, Biological Sciences
  • Jessie Gibbons, Biological Sciences
  • Royce Kim, Biological Sciences
  • Victor Le-Vu, Biological Sciences

You can use the tabs above or the links below to navigate your way through the information.

 Overview/Important Facts

  • Alcohol is a teratogenic compound that readily crosses the placental boundary into the developing fetus. The developing fetus that lacks a developed blood filtration system is completely unprotected from the alcohol circulating in its blood system. 14important
  • Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders(FASD) are a series of completely preventable mental and physical birth defects resulting from maternal alcohol consumption during pregnancy. FASD are lifelong conditions that can significantly impact on the life of the individual and those around them.14
  • Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders are completely preventable if the pregnant mother abstains from alcohol consumption during pregnancy.
  • The most common cause of brain damage before birth (called congenital neurological deficits) is alcohol intake by the mother during pregnancy. 12
  • 7.6% of pregnant women (or 1 in 13) and 51.5% of nonpregnant women (or 1 in 2) reported drinking alcohol in the past 30 days (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs), 2012). It should be kept in mind that this data is primarily from self reporting. Due to the stigma of drinking and especially drinking while pregnant, these statistics may be much lower than the occurrence in reality.13
  • It is estimated that FAS occurs in 0.5-2 live births per 1,000.13
  • Studies across the world have shown vastly different figures for incidence of FASD as high as 40 per 1,000 children in Italy, and 89 per 1,000 in the Western Cape province in South Africa.14
  • Some more important facts found on the NOFAS website can be found below.

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