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FactCheck Q&A: does Australia have some of the highest rates per capita of fetal alcohol syndrome in the world?

Sharman’s Stone’s statement is broadly correct. Based on current – albeit scarce – global data, results from the Lililwan project in Fitzroy Crossing reveal among the highest rates per capita of FAS or FASD in the world. However, it is important to note this is a study of a high risk population and cannot be used to make generalisations about Australia as a whole.

Author: Elizabeth Elliot

Date: April 2016

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