Date PostedAugust 8, 2019

Addressing A Pregnant Drinker


The federal government is stepping up efforts to stop Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder by addressing pregnancy drinking with $7 million in funding.

Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder causes severe neurodevelopmental impairments as a result of brain damage from alcohol exposure in the womb. Those who suffer from FASD can suffer a range of difficulties such as physical impairments, language problems, memory impairments and learning and behavioural disorders.

But if you’re serving alcohol how to do you respond to an obviously pregnant person ordering or drinking alcohol? If you aren’t serving alcohol, what if someone you know is drinking during their pregnancy, do you say something? What do you say? How will this unsolicited advice be received?

An expert suggests first reading the receptivity of the person before speaking or deciding what to say. No matter who the person is, they are likely to become defensive so being tactful is key, if you do decide to say something. Read more at

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Peter Cutforth is a Director at Urban E-Learning, a global elearning, OH&S training, and web strategy firm based in Little Edward St. Spring Hill, Brisbane, Australia. Urban E-Learning provides compliance related online , Distance and Face-to-Face training products in the construction, hospitality and heavy vehicle transport sectors, to name a few. Examples include the White Card Construction induction course and the RSA - Responsible Service of Alcohol course. Peter's interests extend to training, safety and compliance, online marketing, and Mobile Apps.

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