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Drinking any alcohol can cause difficulties during your pregnancy. These could result in Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), a lifelong disability for your child. There is no safe time or safe amount of alcohol to drink when pregnant.

Take part in #DRYMESTER and keep your baby safe.


#DRYMESTER is a new health awareness campaign for Greater Manchester, highlighting the risks of drinking alcohol during pregnancy and the impact of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

#DRYMESTER encourages pregnant women or those planning pregnancy to make every trimester a #DRYMESTER and go alcohol free for the entire nine months of pregnancy.

Mums-to-be can nominate partners, family and friends to get involved and join them in one alcohol free trimester each.

Take on the #DRYMESTER challenge. Together we can create more healthy pregnancies and help reduce the risks of FASD.

What is FASD?

FASD stands for Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and is an umbrella term used to describe the range of lifelong disabilities that can occur as a result of drinking alcohol during pregnancy.

FASD includes:

  • Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS)
  • Partial Foetal Alcohol Syndrome
  • Alcohol-Related Birth Defects
  • Alcohol-Related Neurodevelopment Disorder

FASD includes physical, mental, behavioural and learning impairments. Symptoms include facial abnormalities, brain damage, heart defects, limb and kidney damage as well as cognitive disabilities such as learning difficulties, poor impulse control and social and mental health issues.

Where can i get help and support?

Your local services

Rochdale and Oldham Active Recovery Service (ROAR) (internal link)

Early Break (internal link)

Other organisations that can help

National Organisation for Foetal Alcohol Syndrome UK (NOFAS) (intenal link)

FASD UK Alliance (external link)

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) (internal link)

GM Health Club (external link)

Birth Companions (external link)


Who to contact

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