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New guide to alcohol and brain injury

Mon 11 Jun 2018

Alcohol is a part of many people’s social and recreational lives, but nevertheless it is still classified as a depressant drug and its effects can be worsened by a brain injury.

Headway has produced two new factsheets on this topic: one for brain injury survivors, the other for families, friends and carers of a brain injury survivor. The factsheets offer information on how alcohol’s effects can be impacted by a brain injury, as well as tips for reducing alcohol consumption and sources of support.

You can download these in the related resources section below, or visit our information library to view our full range of factsheets and e-booklets.

Thank you to the brain injury survivors who contributed to this factsheet by sharing their experiences, and to Dr Anya Topiwala and Dr Subha Vandabona for their expert guidance in drafting this new resource.

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The uneasy relationship between alcohol and brain injury

After a brain injury, the body’s tolerance to alcohol is greatly reduced, and many survivors find that they are no longer able to enjoy alcohol in the same way as they did before their injury.

In this special feature, we use the views and experiences of brain injury survivors to explore the uneasy relationship between alcohol and brain injury:

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