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The Lackawanna/Susquehanna Office of Drug and Alcohol Programs is holding its annual “Girls Night Out”. The alcohol-free event is a way to get the “prevention” message out to women of all ages.

Jennifer Hameza, a prevention specialist from the Lackawanna/Susquehanna Office of Drug & Alcohol Programs, will be the featured speaker at the event on Wednesday, April 30, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Pierre’s Fine Clothing & Accessories, 412 Spruce St., downtown Scranton. Her topic will focus on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is an umbrella term that describes the range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy.

FASD occurs in the United States about 10 per every 1,000 live births or 40,000 babies each year. It’s also the leading preventable cause of intellectual disabilities and birth defects in the U.S.

When it comes to problem drinking, many people assume it mostly involves males. That assumption, however, is false. In fact when it comes to young females, girls not only caught up to boys when it comes to drinking but in many cases have surpassed them. When it comes to women and alcohol, 60 percent of U.S. Women report having used alcohol over the past year. Thirteen percent of these women said they had more than seven drinks per week.

“Girls Night Out” opens with alcohol-free refreshments by Café Trio. The program will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by a fashion show, dessert, shopping and door prizes.

The program is free and open to the public. For further information or reservations, contact the Lackawanna/Susquehanna Office of Drug & Alcohol Programs at 570-963-6820.

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