Nine Months Matter

After more than 40 years of rigorous research on the devastating effects of alcohol on a developing baby, on Sept. 30 Dr. Kenneth Lyons Jones, a UCSD pediatrician and world-renowned expert on alcohol-exposed pregnancies, along with the newly formed Better Beginnings Coalition, kicked off a nationwide campaign to convey that no amount or type of alcohol is safe to drink during pregnancy, according to a press release.

Research has confirmed that alcohol does more damage to the developing fetus than any other recreational drug, including cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine, the press release reported. When a developing baby is exposed to alcohol it can cause brain damage leading to lifelong disabilities both physically and neurodevelopmentaly which are called Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). These disabilities often require expensive treatments and supportive services. There is no cure for FASD.

The Nine Months Matter launch event, sponsored by the Morrison and Foerster Foundation and Quest Diagnostics, was held Sept. 30 at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club.

The event kicked off with a one-hour reception followed by a seminar featuring Jones and other local experts. For more information, visit