How to recognise alcohol-related brain injury
The behavioural manifestations of alcohol and other drug use are well known, especially in the context of intoxication. However, the ‘hidden', long-term effects are less well known.
Brain changes due to regular prolonged alcohol use at harmful levels are often misdiagnosed or not recognised by the general population and even, to a significant degree, by health professionals.
Alcohol-related brain damage has been estimated to occur in 10% of the alcohol-drinking adult population.
Biochemical and morphological changes in the brain due to prolonged alcohol and