Commentary: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Larry Burd, Jacob Kerbeshian


Burd, L., & Kerbeshian, J. (2013). Commentary: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. The International Journal Of Alcohol And Drug Research, 2(3), 3-6. doi:10.7895/ijadr.v2i3.173 (

Alcohol use is now the third leading risk factor for worldwide global disease burden, in terms of disability adjusted life years (Lim et al., 2012). In the developed world, about 40% of women of childbearing age drink alcohol, and many are drinking at or around the time of conception (Maier & West, 2001; Paintner, Williams, & Burd, 2012a). Rates of alcohol use among women are increasing across much of the world. Current prevalence estimates suggest that several hundred thousand individuals with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) are born each year (May, Gossage, & Kalberg, 2009). This is especially tragic in light of the fact that we have effective prevention methods as well as office-based interventions for prenatal alcohol exposure.


FASD; alcohol use; alcohol problems; alcohol policy; alcohol research

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