State of Illinois
Department of Human Services

Why Take Chances?

If there's a baby in your future, don't drink alcohol.
Alcohol and Babies Don't Mix

  • Give your baby the best start in life.
  • If you are pregnant or could get pregnant soon, don't drink alcohol.
  • Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can be very harmful to your unborn baby.

If you drink during pregnancy, your baby can have problems called Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) or Fetal Alcohol Effects (FAE).

If a woman is pregnant, it does not matter what kind of alcohol she drinks

  • one beer or
  • one glass of wine or
  • one wine cooler or
  • one mixed drink or
  • any liquor

it can be harmful to her baby.

Check labels for alcohol content.

Binge drinking is especially harmful. Any time a woman has 4 or more drinks at one setting, she is binge drinking and can cause serious harm to her unborn baby.

Any alcohol can harm you and your developing baby. There is no proven safe amount of alcohol use during pregnancy!

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is the leading known cause of mental retardation and is totally preventable.

If you are pregnant, drinking alcohol can lead to:

  • Miscarriage
  • Bleeding Problems
  • Early Labor

Babies born to mothers who drink can:

  • Be Very Sick
  • Be Born Too Small
  • Need Extra Medical Care
  • Have Serious Birth Defects That Last For Life

Children of mothers who drink when they are pregnant can:

  • Be born with mental retardation
  • Have learning problems
  • Have behavior problems
  • Have other health problems which last a lifetime

Don't drink if you are pregnant or could get pregnant.

Stop Drinking Now! Get Help!

Contact your clinic, local health department, local Family Planning, the Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC) or Family Case Management program. Talk with your doctor or nurse.

For more information:

Call or visit your Illinois Department of Human Services' Family Community Resource Center (FCRC).

If you have questions about any Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) program, call or visit your FCRC. We will answer your questions. If you do not know where your FCRC is or if you are unable to go there, you may call the automated helpline 24 hours a day at:
1-800-447-6404 (TTY)

You may speak to a representative between:
8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday (except state holidays)

To order additional brochures,
contact Prevention First, Inc. at
1-800-252-8951, ext. 108 (voice) or
1-217-793-7355 (TTY).

Programs, activities and employment opportunities in the Illinois Department of Human Services are open and accessible to any individual or group without regard to age, sex, race, sexual orientation, disability, ethnic origin or religion. The department is an equal opportunity employer and practices affirmative action and reasonable accommodation programs.

DHS 4578 (R-05-06) CH&P FAS Brochure
Printed by the Authority of the State of Illinois.
17,000 copies P.O. # 0448