Background

The FAR SEAS contract builds on the 2017 tendered contract DEEP SEAS, whilst focusing on alcohol problems faced by women, and evidence and action to reduce prenatal exposure to alcohol and associated harms.

Although women traditionally consumed alcohol in lower amounts and less frequently than man, the gender gap has shrunk over time. Women show different alcohol use patterns from men, and are affected differently than men by alcohol: women are at a higher risk of presenting with alcohol dependency, liver cirrhosis and cancer. Alcohol increases the risk of breast cancer and accounts for around 20% of breast cancer mortality in the European Union.

Alcohol entails a significantly higher danger to the unborn child than to the mother. Alcohol consumption during pregnancy may result in a series of adverse effects to the fetus including congenital anomalies and behavioural, cognitive and adaptive deficits, grouped under teh term Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). The prevalence of FASD has been estimated at as high as 19.8 per 1000 population in the European Region despite teh fact that, overall, FASD is largely preventable by abstaining from drinking alcohol during pregnancy, and most public health guidelines recommend total abstention.

The FAR SEAS approach to developing FASD resources will be guided by strong scientific and clinical evidence as well as ethical principles aimed at maximizing the benefits (e.g. improved clinical outcomes) and minimizing potential harms due to increased stigma.

FAR SEAS Tasks

Besides coordination and communication activities, the project will undertake two technical tasks:

FAR SEAS Task 1: Pilot an evidence-based good practice, at the regional level, to reduce the risk of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD);

FAR SEAS Task 2: Elaborate evidence-based briefing documents and organise knowledge exchange and capacity building workshops on three specific policy topics related to alcohol;

 

The FAR SEAS Partners

Fundació CLÍNIC per la Recerca Biomèdica (FCRB, Spain)
Kantar TNS (Spain)
Generalitat de Catalunya (GENCAT, Spain)
Istituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS, Italy)
Technische Universität Dresden (TUD, Germany)
Serviço de Intervenção nos Comportamentos Aditivos e nas Dependências (SICAD, Portugal)
Instytut Psychiatrii i Neurologii (IPiN, Poland)
Fundació CLÍNIC per la Recerca Biomèdica (FCRB, Spain)