|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 5, 2002
NIAAA Press Office
NIAAA and NOFAS Launch Awareness Campaign in District of Columbia:
"Play it safe. Alcohol and pregnancy don't mix."
- Remaining alcohol-free is essential to a healthy pregnancy.
- Social activities can still be part of a healthy pregnancy if they are alcohol-free.
- Effects of drinking during pregnancy do not go away. A pregnant woman who decides to drink can affect her child's and her own future.
- Different women are affected differently by drinking during pregnancy. Total abstention from alcohol is the only safe choice.
- All types of alcohol beer, wine, and spirits are potentially dangerous for pregnant women.
The messages will appear in radio, television, D.C. transit advertising, magazines, newspapers, and cinema advertising until 2004.
For an interview with Dr. Kington, please call the NIAAA Press Office: 301/443-0595. Additional information and NIAAA publications about FAS and other fetal effects are available at www.niaaa.nih.gov or by calling 301/443-3860.
For campaign materials and additional information about NOFAS, please call 202/546-9166. NOFAS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating birth defects caused by drinking during pregnancy and improving the quality of life for affected individuals and families. NOFAS is committed to developing and implementing innovative ideas in prevention, intervention, education, and advocacy in local communities.
A component of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, NIAAA conducts and supports approximately 90 percent of U.S. research on the causes, consequences, prevention, and treatment of alcohol abuse, alcoholism, and alcohol problems and disseminates research findings to science, practitioner, policy making, and general audiences.