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Judicial bench card: Prenatal alcohol exposure

North Dakota Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Center

Information for judges on drinking during pregnancy and fetal alcohol exposure. Presents data on the prevalence of alcohol use by pregnant women and the rates of prenatal alcohol exposure. Provides an overview of what happens to the fetus when alcohol is consumed. Lists some of the long-term effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on children. Includes sample brief screening tools for alcohol abuse assessment of exposure during pregnancy, and exposure parameters (cumulative exposure during pregnancy). Also contains examples of questions to ask women, including what is their alcohol use and substance abuse treatment history.