Researchers mark International FASD Awareness Day with strong response to Emily Oster book

September 9, 2013

September 9 is International FASD Awareness Day, an occasion marked in the research and advocacy communities as an opporutnity for education and outreach.

This year, the date is one when the release of a passionate, yet considered response was issued to the controversial position University of Chicago Economist Emily Oster took vis-a-vis consuming alcohol during pregnancy. Drinking alcohol during gestation was only one of a number of recommended restrictions addressed in Oster's work, "Expecting Better."

For the past week or so, many of us have been responding to news articles about Emily Oster's book about pregnancy, which includes a chapter on alcohol use in which Ms. Oster essentially states that light/moderate drinking during pregnancy is safe," said Dr. James Reynolds, Co-lead of NeuroDevNet's FASD research group.

Reynolds is an officer in the Research Society on Alcoholism's FASD Study Group. He and his fellow officers have prepared two responses to Oster's commentary, one in lay language, the other aimed at the scientific and clinical communities. "We refute Oster's claims," said Reynolds.
Click here to read the lay summary of An FASD Commentary
Click here to read the a synopsis of the current evidence produced by the FASD Study Group