29 FEB 2016
Netherlands--On Thursday, March 3, Nickie van der Wulp will defend her doctoral thesis Zero for Nine: Reducing alcohol use during pregnancy via health counselling and internet-based computer-tailored feedback at the University of Maastricht. Her work involved development and evaluation of an on-line program to provide counseling to pregnant women Negenmaandenniet.nl. Part of this work has been published in English here.
18 FEB 2016
Netherlands--A survey by the TNO revealed the number of women who drink in pregnancy has decreased to 8.9%. Highly educated women drink more often. An estimated 1360 babies per year are exposed to more than four glasses of alcoholic drink per drinking session. More [NL] >>
17 FEB 2016
Updated report of the British Medical Association on "Alcohol and pregnancy: Preventing and managing fetal alcohol spectrum disorders." Download pdf
18 SEP 2015
France--The Health Agency of the Indian Ocean announces a regional action plan for prevention and management of FASD for three years (2016 to 2018). The goals will be (1) prevention and raising awareness, (2) identifying women at risk, (3) providing access to diagnostic and evaluation services for children and adults with FASD, (4) organizing care for women with alcohol problems as well as children and adults with FASD, (5) creation of a central resource center, and (6) involving local institutional partners. More >>
03 SEP 2015
Brussels--The ENVI committee has adopted a project proposed by MEP Younous Omarjee to create a European network of structures to assist and aid women who are alcohol dependent, in particular during their pregancy, with a goal of redicng the number of children exposed to alcohol prenatally. Reunion Island, which already possesses the infrastructure and a volunteer network may be the site of a pilot project. Although the vote of the ENVI committee is only the first step in a long legislative process, it forms an encouraging sign of growing concern with prevention of FASD in the EU. More >>
13 JUL 2015
17 JUN 2015
The amendment to the Loi Evin was passed against the advice of health professionals. If the new text is upheld by the Senate, wine producers will have more flexibility in publications about their products.
11 JUN 2015
Against the request of the Health Minister, the French MPs have voted in favor of relaxing restrictions on alcohol advertising. The final vote comes next week.
08 JUN 2015
On 18 May, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Dr. Andriukaitis, rejected the call by the European Parliament for a new European Strategy to Reduce Alcohol Related Harm in Europe, raising a storm of protest among NGOs, who resigned from the Commission's Alcohol and Health Forum. The EUFASD Alliance has sent a letter of protest to the Commissioner.