Welcome to Proof Alliance NC, The North Carolina Fetal Alcohol Prevention Program.
Proof Alliance NC strives to prevent alcohol-exposed pregnancies by providing training, education, and resources to women of childbearing age and the professionals that serve them.
On July 1, 2020, The NC Fetal Alcohol Prevention Program moved to its new home, The Arc of North Carolina. On October 15, 2020, the program received a new name, Proof Alliance NC (formerly FASDinNC).
More than 50 years of research has proven that drinking alcohol during pregnancy is unsafe and can affect the development of the fetus, causing lifelong effects. You may have heard that a little bit of wine is okay during pregnancy, but the research says otherwise. Scientists have determined that:
- • There is no safe amount of alcohol during pregnancy.
- • There is no safe time to drink alcohol during pregnancy.
- • There is no safe type of alcohol during pregnancy.
Why are alcohol-free pregnancies so important? They are much safer and healthier for both the baby and the pregnant person. Avoiding alcohol during pregnancy also helps the baby be healthier even after they’re born!
Drinking while pregnant can cause brain injury that may impact the child for the rest of their life., Alcohol use during pregnancy can also cause physical, mental, behavioral, and/or learning disabilities. These effects are known as fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). FASD can bring some extra challenges to a person’s life. You can read more about FASD here [link to the FASD web page]. If a person does not drink any alcohol during pregnancy, their baby cannot be born with FASD or alcohol-related birth conditions.
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