Cost of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder in Canada

Brenda Stade, Wendy J. Ungar, Bonnie Stevens, Joseph Beyen, Gideon Koren

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QUESTION: I have heard that thousands of Canadian kids are affected by fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. Has there been any attempt to estimate what it costs our society? ANSWER: In a recent Canadian study, the lifetime cost of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders was estimated at $1 million per case. With an estimated 4000 new cases yearly, this translates to $4 billion annually.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1303-1304
Number of pages2
JournalCanadian Family Physician
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2007
Externally publishedYes


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