FASDs frequently are misdiagnosed or undiagnosed because physicians are not well-trained in this area and so do not accurately identify FASDs or mistakenly associate some common symptoms of FASD with other disorders. Also, given the place that alcohol has in U.S. culture, illegal drug use during pregnancy is more likely to receive attention than drinking during pregnancy and people may be less inclined to associate behavioral or developmental problems with alcohol.
Friedmann, Peter D; McCullough, Deirde; Chin, Marshall H.; and Saitz, Richard. “Screening and Intervention for Alcohol Problems.” Journal of General Internal Medicine 15.2 (2000): 84-91.
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