Friends of NIAAA Coalition Host Congressional Briefing on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

On May 20th, a congressional briefing, titled “Alcohol and Pregnancy: An Overview of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders” was presented. It featured an historical overview of how research has changed basic understanding of alcohol and pregnancy; recent findings on the consequences of prenatal alcohol exposure, focusing on the changes that occur in the brain and how these impact behavior; and about women and addiction.

On behalf of the Friends of the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), APA took the lead in organizing another briefing on Capitol Hill this month. The event was held in conjunction with the Congressional Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus and cosponsored by many of the scientific and professional organizations that make up the Friends of NIAAA coalition. 

The May 20 briefing, titled “Alcohol and Pregnancy: An Overview of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders,” featured presenters Kenneth Warren, PhD, Acting Director of NIAAA, Edward Riley, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Behavioral Teratology at San Diego State University, and Kathleen Mitchell, MHS, LSDAC, Vice President and National Spokesperson for the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.  Warren provided an historical overview of how research has changed basic understanding of alcohol and pregnancy; Riley discussed recent findings on the consequences of prenatal alcohol exposure, focusing on the changes that occur in the brain and how these impact behavior; and Mitchell spoke about women and addiction, including her personal story as the birth mother of an adult daughter who has FAS.