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Why Teach Middle and High School Students about FAS?  


Why Teach Middle and High School Students about Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) and Other Alcohol-Related Birth Defects?


Maternal alcohol abuse results in irreversible emotional, mental and physical damage in approximately 50,000 U.S. newborns per year. (, 2004)


These alcohol-related birth defects affect all races and socio-economic groups.


The annual cost estimates for FAS and related conditions in the U.S. is estimated to be as much as $7.8 billion. (Addiction Biology, Vol.9, No.2, 2004)


FAS and other alcohol-related birth defects are 100% preventable.


Middle and high school students need to be taught about this issue as they make their life-style choices.