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Drinking any alcohol can cause difficulties during your pregnancy. These could result in Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), a lifelong disability for your child. There is no safe time or safe amount of alcohol to drink when pregnant.


#DRYMESTER is a new health awareness campaign for Greater Manchester, highlighting the risks of drinking alcohol during pregnancy and the impact of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

We encourage pregnant women or those planning pregnancy to make every trimester a DRYMESTER and go alcohol free for the entire nine months of pregnancy.

Mums-to-be can nominate partners, family and friends to get involved and join them in one alcohol free trimester.

What is FASD?

FASD stands for Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and is an umbrella term used to describe the range of lifelong disabilities that can occur as a result of drinking alcohol during pregnancy.

FASD includes:

  • Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS)
  • Partial Foetal Alcohol Syndrome
  • Alcohol-Related Birth Defects
  • Alcohol-Related Neurodevelopment Disorder

FASD includes physical, mental, behavioural and learning impairments. Symptoms include facial abnormalities, brain damage, heart defects, limb and kidney damage as well as cognitive disabilities such as learning difficulties, poor impulse control and social and mental health issues.

Where can i get help and support?

Who to contact

Last Updated: 09/02/2021
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