In June 2020 the National Organisation for FASD teamed up with OnePoll and 72Point to highlight the gap in understanding that young people have about the risks of alcohol in pregnancy and FASD. OnePoll polled 2000 18-25 year olds across the UK. The results showed that:
- 26% could not identify the current Chief Medical Officers’ guidance that the safest approach is not to drink alcohol at all if pregnant or if you could become pregnant.
- 80% said if they or a loved one (e.g. a sister or friend) were pregnant, that having the occasional drink of alcohol would not be ok. However, their understanding of WHY this is important is limited.
- Only 17% understood that alcohol can cause the most long-term harm to the baby when compared with other substances such as heroin, crack cocaine and smoking.
- Only 22% knew that the acronym FASD stands for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
- 49% are getting information about these issues from social media, while only 40% are getting if from a teacher and only 36% from a doctor, midwife or nurse.