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How can I deal with alcohol abuse with TBI?

Alcohol is known to numb pain and emotions to some degree. However, the effects are often short-lived and you can be left with TBI-related problems as well as the complicated side effects of addiction, depression, and possibly confusion. Alcohol is a substance that requires more and more to dull the discomfort of physical and emotional pain. In addition, alcohol is a depressant that leaves the drinker in a “down” mood once the effects wear off.

Long-term use of alcohol also carries with it the danger of cognitive deficits such as memory difficulties, visual and special problems and decreased motor function. That’s not a smart trade-off if you have a brain injury that also causes similar problems. If you think you might be abusing alcohol, seek professional help. Talk with your VA doctor about the alcohol problem and follow your doctor’s recommendations.

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