By On January 22nd, 2015

Important Facts You Should Know About Traumatic Brain Injury and Alcohol Use

Between 30-50% of all traumatic brain injuries are linked to alcohol use, and estimated suggest up to two-thirds of individuals who experience TBI have a history of alcohol abuse. Unfortunately, this also means a large number of those individuals continue drinking after their injury, which can be incredibly detrimental for the recovery process.

After a traumatic brain injury, the brain is highly sensitive. That means it is also more sensitive to alcohol and drinking again puts you at a considerably higher risk of re-injuring yourself. Drinking also increases the odds of experiencing emotional problems related to TBI such as depression and experiencing a prolonged or poor recovery.

Along with these issues, Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center – a national center devoted to educating the public about TBI, spinal cord injury, and burn injuries –shared several other important facts related to alcohol use and brain injury:

Alcohol and Brain Injury Recovery

Alcohol, Brain Injury and Seizures

Alcohol and the Risk of Having Another Brain Injury

Alcohol and Mental Functioning

Alcohol and Mood

One Response

  1. LaTonya Boyd says:

    I live with a alcoholic person who has a brain injury, ptsd and bipolar. He is not taking any medication because he drinks 2 to 3 pints of straight vodka every day. He has no desire to stop drinking and he is a veteran and has been to the VA many times but it seems like he can’t stop drinking. I’m very concerned about him and his recovery. Any suggestions.

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