Avoid alcohol and keep babies safe

Julia Brown with her adopted daughter Niamh

Julia Brown with her adopted daughter Niamh

First published in News Bicester Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by

A MOTHER who says her adopted daughter is ‘living proof of the dangers of drinking’ has appealed for people to take a few booze-free days to help boost her charity’s coffers.

Julia Brown founded the Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Trust after daughter Niamh was diagnosed with the relatively unknown condition.

Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is caused by drinking during pregnancy and can cause lifelong brain damage, in some cases leaving people unable to live independently.

Mrs Brown, from Finstock, is hoping to raise awareness by asking people to give up alcohol for nine days in September and donate the money they would spend on it to the trust. She said Niamh was five years old when she and husband Simon realised something was wrong.

She said: “She had global developmental delay and was slow in doing things for her age, like crawling and walking. It soon became clear she was more than just ‘behind’.”

Niamh, now 13, was eventually diagnosed with FAS.

Mr and Mrs Brown set up the FASD Trust in 2007 when they discovered very little was known about the condition, which is believed to affect around one in every 100 babies born in the UK.

The charity provides help to families across the country.

Mrs Brown said: “When you drink, so does your baby. Niamh is living proof the dangers of drinking while pregnant. We’re seeing more and more children coming through with FAS.

“Alcohol has become so much a part of our culture.

“It’s almost a rite of passage for people not to remember the ages of 16 to 25 because they were so plastered.

“We are asking people and businesses to give up alcohol for nine days in September, to mark the International FASD Day, as it is the ninth day of the ninth month which equals the nine months of pregnancy you should avoid alcohol.

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“It would be great if each time they would normally go to a wine bar, they instead bought an orange juice and donated the difference to us.

“We’ll be encouraging people to send us photos of themselves drinking orange juice in the pub, having a night in with a big glass of lemonade on the rocks, and so on.

“Then, on September 9 we’ll invite people to have a BreakFASD – where people can have a fundraising breakfast too.”

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1:03pm Wed 16 May 12

fasdtrust says...

If you want to contact The FASD Trust, you can e-mail admin@fasdtrust.co.u
k, visit the website, www.fasdtrust.co.uk or call on 01608 811599.
If you want to contact The FASD Trust, you can e-mail admin@fasdtrust.co.u k, visit the website, www.fasdtrust.co.uk or call on 01608 811599. fasdtrust
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4:18pm Wed 16 May 12

Lady Penelopee says...

"It would be great if each time they would normally go to a wine bar, they instead bought an orange juice and donated the difference to us."

Nice idea, but a pint of orange juice and lemonade is usually more expensive than a pint of lager!

As someone who usually volunteers to drive on a night out, I find this really annoying.

Perhaps some local bars will do cut price soft drinks for the 9 days?
"It would be great if each time they would normally go to a wine bar, they instead bought an orange juice and donated the difference to us." Nice idea, but a pint of orange juice and lemonade is usually more expensive than a pint of lager! As someone who usually volunteers to drive on a night out, I find this really annoying. Perhaps some local bars will do cut price soft drinks for the 9 days? Lady Penelopee
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4:33pm Wed 16 May 12

Lord Palmerstone says...

This is very sad but FAS tends to need usually a bit more than the odd few drinks and the mother's response and demeanour during labour will usually give the game away, not to mention the record of attendances at pre-natal clinics
This is very sad but FAS tends to need usually a bit more than the odd few drinks and the mother's response and demeanour during labour will usually give the game away, not to mention the record of attendances at pre-natal clinics Lord Palmerstone
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4:46pm Thu 17 May 12

LORD PETER MACVEY 0X2 6EG says...

My dear old Ma Her drank the Scottish Nectar throughout carrying me with no problem, and the missus did the same with her native Thai equivalent, so I don't know if these findings are true or just another fashionable health scare.
My dear old Ma Her drank the Scottish Nectar throughout carrying me with no problem, and the missus did the same with her native Thai equivalent, so I don't know if these findings are true or just another fashionable health scare. LORD PETER MACVEY 0X2 6EG
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7:36pm Thu 17 May 12

Feelingsmatter says...

Your Ma drank while carrying you? Well, that would explain a lot.
Your Ma drank while carrying you? Well, that would explain a lot. Feelingsmatter
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9:03pm Thu 17 May 12

DoctorBob says...

LORD PETER MACVEY 0X2 6EG wrote:
My dear old Ma Her drank the Scottish Nectar throughout carrying me with no problem, and the missus did the same with her native Thai equivalent, so I don't know if these findings are true or just another fashionable health scare.
...with no problem?

Ha-ha-ha-ha. Has anyone got a spare pare of pants cause I've just wet mine laughing?
[quote][p][bold]LORD PETER MACVEY 0X2 6EG[/bold] wrote: My dear old Ma Her drank the Scottish Nectar throughout carrying me with no problem, and the missus did the same with her native Thai equivalent, so I don't know if these findings are true or just another fashionable health scare.[/p][/quote]...with no problem? Ha-ha-ha-ha. Has anyone got a spare pare of pants cause I've just wet mine laughing? DoctorBob
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