Today is National FASD Awareness Day, so let's take a moment to consider the negative aspects of drinking, especially while pregnant. The annual event aims at raising awareness of the dangers of drinking during pregnancy and the plight of individuals and families who struggle with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. The first FASDay was marked on 9/9/99, and the date was chosen so that, on the ninth day of the ninth month of the year, the world will remember that a woman should abstain from alcohol during the nine months of pregnancy. It also kicks off International FASD (fetal alcohol spectrum disorders) Awareness Week, which runs through Sept. 15.
Around town, establishments will be recognizing the event by supplying tasty nonalcoholic cocktails for patrons who want to toast FASD awareness. Pregnant? Ask your server, and the cocktail will be provided free. A "minute of reflection" is scheduled for 9:09 a.m. But for the nightlifers out there, it might be worth thinking about at 9:09 p.m. if you miss the morning session.