Alcohol Free Is the Best Choice For Pregnancy

By: NH Liquor Commission  12/01/2015
Keywords: NH Liquor and Wine Outlet

Alcohol Free Is the Best Choice For Pregnancy: New Posters On Display at NH Liquor & Wine Outlets NHLC, NH DHHS, Governor's Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery, and March of Dimes support the message that “No amount of alcohol is safe during pregnancy” Concord- The New Hampshire Liquor Commission, the Department of Health and Human Services, the March of Dimes and the Governor's Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery, have launched a new poster campaign to remind the public about the preventable harm associated with drinking alcohol during pregnancy. Unveiled on November 9, 2015, the poster provides a clear message that no amount of alcohol is safe during pregnancy. The Governor's Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery posters, which are featured prominently in NH Liquor & Wine Outlets, encourage the public to visit drugfreenh.org for facts that support the importance of protecting the unborn from exposure to alcohol and other drugs. According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the placenta and umbilical cord allow many things that a mother is taking in to pass through to the growing fetus. If alcohol is consumed by a pregnant woman, it exposes the baby to the alcohol which presents significant risks to the developing fetus while in the womb and long after birth. Some of the physical and developmental harm that can be caused by fetal exposure to alcohol, often grouped together under the term Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder or FASD, include abnormal facial features, lower-than-average height and weight, poor coordination, hyperactivity, attention disorders, poor memory, learning disabilities and speech and language delays. FASD is completely preventable. The March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality and is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. “We are committed to promoting healthy birth outcomes through national, state and local initiatives,” said Michelle O’Malley, Executive Director of NH Division of the March of Dimes. “November is Prematurity Awareness Month and we are pleased to be in a collaborative partnership with the New Hampshire Liquor Commission and Department of Health and Human Services to promote this important public health message. Exposure to alcohol during pregnancy can result in low birthweight babies, birth defects and babies born preterm. No amount of alcohol during pregnancy is safe for your baby.” “In public health, we get excited when something is 100% preventable,” remarked DHHS Commissioner Nick Toumpas. “Our message to women who are or may become pregnant is that staying clear of alcohol throughout pregnancy is one of the most important things they can do for the health of their baby. We are very appreciative of the partnership between NH DHHS and the New Hampshire Liquor Commission, March of Dimes and Governor's Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery. Together we can spread the message that no amount of alcohol is safe during pregnancy.” State health and NHLC officials held a small recognition ceremony on November 9th at Hooksett Northbound NH Liquor & Wine Outlet. The posters will be visible in NH Liquor & Wine Outlets and other private retailers in the coming year.

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