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The U. S. Surgeon General has advised women not to drink if they become pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are at risk of becoming pregnant. Innocent children suffer the consequences of physical, mental, and behavioral manifestations that can extend into adulthood. Since fetal alcohol syndrome is 100% preventable, the primary care physician needs to be vigilant and diligent in the education of female adolescents and women of childbearing age.

An Overview of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders for Physicians