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Young Men at Greatest Risk of Brain Injury after Drinking

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Young Men at Greatest Risk of Brain Injury after Drinking

Here are some alarming stats. Fifty percent of all traumatic brain injuries in the developed world are related to alcohol. Men are three times more likely than women to sustain a brain injury and most fall within the age bracket of 15-25.


Grim isn't it? Even worse when you realise the impact of these injuries goes much deeper than the individual sustaining them. Brain trauma comes at a devastating cost to the person's friends, family, community as well as the medical professionals who care for them.

 

Our call for personal stories as part of the #heroeswalkaway campaign yesterday included two compelling emails from nurses working in the brain trauma wards of Australian hospitals. While both wished to remain anonymous, they were emphatic in their support for any legislation that seeks to highlight the broader implications of alcohol fuelled violence.

 

Ray Quinn calls it the "ripple effect" of brain trauma. As manager of the Acquired Brain Injury Outreach Service, in Buranda, Queensland, over the past 15 years, he understands the impact traumatic brain injury can have on families and staff working to ease the victim's recovery.

References and further information

The original article was produced by The Herald Sun.

 

For the rest of the article, visit the Herald Sun website.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/young-men-at-greatest-risk-of-brain-injury-after-drinking/story-fndo48ca-1226436690613

 

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