Many women drink while they are pregnant regardless of the immense risks for them and their unborn child.
In fact, one out of every 750 children born in the U.S. is affected by Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, and 40,000 are born with fetal alcohol effects. That’s a tragic choice – these types of developmental and physical birth defects in the U.S. are completely preventable by not drinking while you are pregnant.
The pain and suffering from alcoholism and being pregnant are born by both mother and child. Ultimately, though, it is the children who pay the biggest price – sometimes with their lives.
Here at Susan B. Anthony Recovery Center we understand the toll that using alcohol has taken on your body, mind, and spirit. We’re here to help you reverse the damage and renew your life and the lives of those you love.
Alcohol, though classified as a depressant, acts as a stimulant until the body can no longer handle the amount consumed. It tends to create a false sense of confidence and a feeling of being fearlessness. Not surprisingly, it can be very dangerous when abused.
Alcohol can be toxic in large quantities and/or over long periods of time. Heavy drinking can easily turn into alcoholism, a chemical dependency formed by prolonged depression of the central nervous system.
Alcoholism and drinking alcohol affect the brains ability to give you “warning signs,” often leading to behavior you otherwise consider dangerous, inappropriate or destructive.
Short-Term Effects of Alcoholism
Irregular or Slowed Breathing
Depressed Immune System
Long-Term Effects of Alcoholism
Heart or Respiratory Failure
Learning and Memory Problems
Increased Risk of Cancer
Increased Risk of Diabetes
The effects Alcoholism has on unborn children
low birth weight
small head circumference
failure to thrive
delay in development
dysfunction of organs
difficulty making and keeping friends
lack of imagination
inability to understand concepts such as time and money
poor language comprehension
poor problem-solving skills
poor motor skills
poor socialization skills
We understand the nature of Alcoholism, and this knowledge helps us better understand the very real effects alcohol has on all areas of a person. Some of the more long-term effects can be quite overwhelming, and even life threatening, during the beginning stages of recovery.
That is why we are here – we got your back.
If you or a woman you know is suffering, call us today! You no longer have to do this alone.