CANADA: Call for alcohol sales ban to pregnant women

By Monica Dobie | 12 February 2001

A temperance society in the far north of Canada is pushing for a ban on sales of alcohol to pregnant women in order to reduce the high number of cases of foetal alcohol syndrome in the native communities of the Yukon.

The Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Society of Yukon want bars, off-licenses and liquor stores to stop selling alcohol to pregnant women or risk losing their license.

Under the proposed plan, however, women would not be forbidden to drink beer, wine or spirits, the onus would be on the sellers.

Foetal alcohol syndrome is a condition in babies caused by mothers who drink alcohol during pregnancy.

It can result in developmental disabilities, facial abnormalities and physical defects. The Yukon has the highest incidence of foetal alcohol syndrome in Canada.

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This assumes that the individual making the choice to drink actually has the capacity to do so. Having worked in the area of FAS for some time now, I have seen communities where the effects of drinking during pregnancy are now third generation. Whether or not it is appropriate for the licensee to take on the responsibilty to monitor who is consuming alcohol, it is certainly everyone's responsibility to understand the effect that alcohol can have on the feotus and that, once affected, the brain damage/dysfunction is permanent. To ask a FAS brain injured individual to make considered choices may be a bit naive.

 

David said at 11:21 pm, February 27, 2001

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