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23 Jun, 2014

Sharp rise in babies born in England with foetal alcohol syndrome – The Observer

The number of diagnosed cases of foetal alcohol syndrome in those born to women who drink during pregnancy has tripled since records of the debilitating condition were first kept 16 years ago.

In 2012-2013 there were 252 diagnoses of the syndrome, which can leave victims severely mentally and physically impaired, compared with 89 in 1997-98. Cases are up 37% since 2009-2010.

Experts say the figures, for England only, suggest an improved ability to diagnose the condition but also a continued failure to deal with alcohol abuse.

Read the rest: Sharp rise in babies born with foetal alcohol syndrome | Society | The Observer.