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[Alcohol Action Ireland] Alcohol related brain injury: ‘The invisible condition’. (15 Jun 2011)

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There are signs of an increasing trend in the number of people with Alcohol Related Brain Injury (ARBI), according to new research.

The soon to be launched study on Alcohol Related Brain Injury (ARBI), spear-headed by North West Alcohol Forum Ltd, also suggests that the condition is under-diagnosed within Ireland and Northern Ireland.

The study identifies the incidences of ARBI in the HSE North West (Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim) and Western Health and Social Care Trust in Northern Ireland (Limavady, Derry, Strabane, Omagh & Fermanagh). It considers the current manifestations and presentations of ARBI, the key issues in diagnosis and treatment, best practice in other countries and areas for action in Ireland.

Eamon O’Kane, Director of NWAF, said “We undertook this research to try and evidence anecdotal experiences of ARBI in the border region. What we have learned is that this is very much a hidden issue and that the lack of national awareness of the issue may be hindering identification and treatment for those affected. Our report highlights a series of best practice actions and recommendations that would improve the care of patients with ARBI. These are based on best practice in Australia, Scotland, Wales and England.”.....


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