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NMSU students aim to educate about the dangers of pregnant women drinking alcohol

New Mexico State University Public Health Sciences students along with Eta Sigma Gamma and the La Clinica De Familia Healthy Start Program are working together to host events March 13-19 across Dona Ana County to raise awareness about fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).

The disorders occur when a woman had consumed alcohol during her pregnancy, and effects of the disorders can include physical complications or cognitive, behavioral and learning difficulties on her baby.

Satya Rao, a professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences, said students in her Spring PHLS 499 course have planned and will be implementing an FASD awareness campaign to provide information and educate NMSU students and county residents about fetal alcohol spectrum disorders to prevent and end the disorders.

The campaign begins Friday, March 13, with presentations about education and awareness at the La Clinica De Familia Healthy Start Program at 1:30 p.m. in Anthony, New Mexico, and at 4 p.m. in Chaparral, New Mexico.

At noon Monday, March 16, Jerome Romero, director of the FAS Prevention Program at the University of New Mexico, will give a presentation, “Making FASD Prevention Work: Efforts in New Mexico,” at the College of Health and Social Services auditorium, Room 101. From 4-8 p.m. March 17, the students will host “Celebrations with a Difference” at Dublin’s Street Pub and The Game Sports Bar and Grill.

From 1-4 p.m. March 18, “Converations with Students about FASD” will occur outside at Corbett Center, and on March 18-19 students will speak at the Las Cruces high schools about education and awareness.

The spring events conclude with mocktails available from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 19 on the International Mall between Hadley Hall and Guthrie Hall.

Evidence published in 2009 and 2014 studies have found that the full spectrum of FASD is 9.1 per 1,000 live births, but an analysis published in 2015 contents that FASD occurrence is higher because of under-reported alcohol misuse and misdiagnosis of FASD.

The Fetal Alcohol Prevention Project is funding the awareness campaign.