This is absolute BS, nothing more than huffing and puffing to argue for an excuse for street thugs as having a diagnosis.
They are bad people, not victims of alcohol abuse by their mothers in pregnancy–nonsense.
Besides Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is pretty damn rare and should not have been the basis for all the public health warnings about don’t drink at all in pregnancy. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is an expanded concept that increases the numbers but unfortunately might be mining the rates of mental illness and retardation that exist generally.
Since the original scares that got started in the 70s resulting in warning labels on alcohol, research has shown moderate alcohol ingestion is not dangerous to the fetus.
I saw my first case of Fetal Alcohol syndrome around 1975, two years after it was first described. I have not seen it personally since, working in many busy plaes for 40 years.
From the 70s on the nannies and pubic health scare people made fetal effects of alcohol in pregnancy a big deal but I would say it is one rare bird and they puff up their numbers with the Spectrum Disorder, that allows for counting kids that may be part of the rate of births with mental neurological disorders.
Certainly Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, which is real and a terrible affliction, is more rare than the alcohol nannies would have us believe.
Here’s what Wiki says:
FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) is estimated to affect between 2% and 5% of people in the United States and Western Europe (john 1282 note: rate of mental disorders is well above that 2-5 % rate). FAS (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome) is believed to occur in between 0.2 and 9 per 1000 live births in the United States (john1282 note: that’s a rate of 0.02 % to 0.9% and I don’t know how we can be sure about such estimates but FASD is a much softer diagnostic grouping). In South Africa some populations have rates as high as 9%. The negative effects of alcohol have been described since ancient times. The lifetime cost of an individual with FAS were estimated to be two million USD in 2002. The term fetal alcohol syndrome was first used in 1973.
The rate of alcohol caused birth defects is much less than 1% and there are other alcohol fetal effects not so severe as Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.
There is no mistaking the facial abnormalities and retardation–they are not, in fact they are physically and mentally not able, to be violent thugs.
So here comes this psychiatrist making stupid statements.