Film about Preventable Birth Defects Subject of Christmas Release

Share Article

Award-winning film maker, Tom Monson announced the world-wide release of Last Call, the Sobering Truth about Drinking During Pregnancy. Amazingly, 20% women drink alcohol while they are pregnant. One of the most comprehensive documentaries on the subject, the producer believes a timely release will save babies from a life of pain and unfulfilled dreams.

Drug Wars Last Call, the Sobering Truth about Drinking During Pregnancy has been released to the general public via Veteran film maker, Tom Monson brings some of the most recognized experts in the field of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) to describe the effects of alcohol on the unborn.

FASD describes a range of birth defects caused by a birth mother drinking alcohol during her pregnancy. The majority of these are Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS - the most severe damage to the baby) and Fetal Alcohol Effects (FAE - often described as learning and behavioral disabilities). Poor coordination, hyperactive behavior, poor memory, difficulty in school, speech delays, low IQ, poor judgment, vision or hearing problems, heart, kidney, or bone disorders are just some of the possible effects of alcohol on the unborn.

Monson explained, “The statistics tell us that this holiday season nearly 10,000 babies will be damaged by a preventable birth defect. It is unbelievable today in our society, with all we know, this can happen. If a pregnant woman drinks alcohol knowing that it may damage her baby, why do it? I made this documentary to educate potential moms about the permanent damage drinking during pregnancy causes. I believe it we give them the facts, it may help prevent a lifetime of pain and disappointment for these children.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one woman in five drinks during pregnancy. The study didn’t differentiate if the woman knew if alcohol affected their future child.

Estimates suggest 100,000 babies are born each year with a FASD. No one knows for sure because the babies often go undiagnosed, since learning disabilities don’t show up until years later.

Beyond the physical and emotional damage done to these babies, the financial costs are staggering. A FAS baby could cost more than $2,000,000.00 in medical care, special educational and psychological treatment.

The experts agree FASDs are 100% preventable. Our only defense is education.

The film includes interviews with an impressive cross-section of experts. Included are world-renowned Ann Streissguth, Ph.D., University of Washington and Dr. Sterling K. Clarren, Children’s Hospital, Seattle, Washington.

“I believe we all have a choice. We can either try to help and be part of the solution or continue to ignore it and be part of the problem. As far as I see it, there is no middle ground.” Monson concluded.

A free preview is available at The entire film can be downloaded for personal use for $1.99. For more information about public performance and broadcast rights, contact Monson at (541) 210-6698.

Award-winning film maker, Tom Monson has produced dozens of documentaries on subjects ranging from drug education, crime prevention, personal safety and financial fraud prevention. His films have been used world-wide by Fortune 500 companies, hospitals, drug treatment centers, libraries, educators, and law enforcement agencies. Many of his works can be found at and


Share article on social media or email:

View article via:

Pdf Print

Contact Author

Tom Monson
(541) 210-6698
Email >
Visit website