September 09, 2020
Binge lasts a lifetime
At 9.09 this morning a moment of reflection was held to mark World Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Day.
Christine Rogan from the Alchohol Healthwatch says every year in New Zealand there are between 300 and 600 pēpi born with the disorder brought on by drinking during pregnancy, making it one of Aotearoa's most preventable illnesses.
It leads to problems with mental and physical health, emotional regulation and the development of social skills.
She says there is a particular risk for wāhine Māori.
"Less Māori drink alcohol than other ethnicities, Pākehā for example, but when alcohol is introduced there is a tendency towards hazardous drinking, so it might be be higher levels of alcohol consumption per occasion," Ms Rogan says.
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