Babies born with FAS results from high levels of prenatal alcohol consumption during pregnancy.

Effects of this syndrome include a variety of mental and physical defects including permanent central nervous system damage to the brain, neuron damage, brain cell malformation and both psychological and behavioural problems.

Symptoms include poor memory, attention deficits, mental problems and retardation, permanent birth defects, stunted fetal growth and weight, facial abnormalities, heart murmurs and light sensitivity.

A recent study conducted on 6 year old children born to women who had drank as little as one drink per day during their pregnancies appear to have poorer reading and spelling abilities when compared to unexposed children of the same age.