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FASD

Each year in the U.S., thousands of children are born with life-long disabilities because they were exposed to alcohol before they were born.

Between 2 and 5 percent of the U.S. population is diagnosed with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, or FASD.

"That is a very large number of people," said Christie Petrenko, a research psychologist. "It's pretty comparable to the rates of autism, or maybe even a tad higher, and much higher than things like Down Syndrome."