According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year between 1,300 and 8,000 babies in the United States are born with fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). FAS is a combination of physical and mental birth defects associated often with mental retardation. FAS occurs in about 6 percent of the babies born to women who drink alcohol shortly before and during pregnancy. There are no safe amounts of alcohol, and even small amounts can potentially lead to FAS. That is why the only safe amount of alcohol is zero.

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