Drug Facts: Fetal Alcohol SyndromeWritten by Tara Moore
You know what your brain looks like on drugs. Do you know what a developing baby's brain looks like on alcohol?
Found out in this Drug Facts feature.
Here's a simple experiment. Take some vodka and add an egg. The egg can't freely expand as it does in water. According to Terri Feldman, Licensed Mental Health Practitioner, "When I do the demonstration with the eggs, it just reinforces the dangers of drinking while pregnant."
Feldman says, in essence, the egg is chemically cooked by the alcohol. "The white etching is where it is not allowing for growth, thus the brain does not develop. There are facial deformities including a small head, low nasal bridge."
Other physical signs of fetal alcohol syndrome are extra eye folds, smaller than average eye openings, flat mid face, short nose, and thin upper lip. Feldman adds, "Certainly, mental retardation comes along with that, problems with anger management."
The experiment is simple but effective. Feldman says, "I've had many mothers come back to me that had been in our group and told me that they did not drink specifically because they saw this demonstration and realized the effects of alcohol."