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.