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Prevalence of Alcohol Related Brain Damage Among Homeless Hostel Dwellers in Glasgow
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Background: Over half of Glasgow's 4000 homeless people drink hazardously but the prevalence of alcohol-related brain damage (ARBD) has not been described.

Aims and Objectives: To determine the prevalence of ARBD among homeless hostel dwellers in Glasgow.

Methods: A representative sample of homeless hostel dwellers was surveyed using validated survey instruments and clinical assessment.

Results: From a sample of 266 hostel dwellers, 82% had cognitive impairment and 78% were drinking hazardously. The prevalence of ARBD among homeless hostel dwellers was 21%.

Conclusions: ARBD has a high prevalence among homeless hostel dwellers and treatment is usually effective. There is a need to actively identify and treat this population to help them move out of homelessness.
Journal
2005
15
6
587-588
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