Alcohol Related Brain Injury

Brain - parts vulnerable to damage by alcoholWhat is Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)?

An Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) is an injury to the brain that has been sustained at some time after birth. It can result in a variety of ways including:

  • Traumatic brain injury (e.g. through a traffic accident, assault or fall);
  • Through an illness (e.g. infection, stroke, brain tumour, degenerative condition);
  • Hypoxia (lack of oxygen to the brain) (e.g. drug overdose, loss of blood);
  • Substance abuse (e.g. drugs including alcohol).

The effects of an ABI vary from one person to another and can depend on the nature and severity of the brain injury sustained. An ABI can result in deterioration in function in various ways including:

  • Cognitive/thinking skills (e.g. reduced memory, concentration, planning);
  • Communication or speech (e.g. slurred speech, trouble finding the right word);
  • Physical and sensory limitations (e.g. movement, fatigue, vision, smell);
  • Emotional or behavioural difficulties (e.g. reduced motivation, impulsivity);

These difficulties can have negative effects on key areas of people’s lives, such as occupation, relationships and independent living. The pattern of recovery from an ABI varies and impairments can be temporary (i.e. improving over time) or permanent.

Looking Forward (Fourth Edition)

Looking Forward is a handbook for supporting people with acquired brain injury. It gives a basic introduction to brain injury and the challenges involved for people living with acquired brain injury.

It offers practical advice and strategies to enable practitioners to empower people to achieve their full potential.

To download an electronic copy of the latest edition of the arbias book “Looking Forward” click the link below:

"Looking Forward (Fourth Edition)” – Download Adobe PDF (4.7 Mb)

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