A Community Needs Assessment of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in Newfoundland and Labrador

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is a lifelong disorder caused by prenatal exposure to alcohol that impairs cognitive, behavioural, social, and emotional development. It is the leading preventable developmental disability in Canada, impacting an estimated four percent of the general population, with higher rates among certain vulnerable groups. Newfoundland and Labrador has the highest rates of heavy drinking in Canada, which elevates the concern associated with this issue and the need for research into FASD in the province.