Alcohol Awareness Week – an opportunity to think about the affects of alcohol on our health

Alcohol Awareness Week (11 – 17 November) is an opportunity for people to think about their drinking habits and the affects it can have on their health, particularly their brains.

While alcohol can be prevalent for that temporary positive impact on our mood, in the long term it can seriously damage our brains.

Alcohol-related Brain damage, also known as ARBD, is a severe condition that is becoming more and more common.

The term ARBD covers several different conditions, including Wernicke’s, Korsakoff syndrome and alcoholic dementia. None of which are dementia, but they may share similar symptoms. However, in contrast to common causes of dementia such as Alzheimer’s disease; most people with ARBD who receive proper support and remain alcohol-free make a full or partial recovery.

What causes Alcohol-related brain damage?

Excessive alcohol use over long periods can cause ARBD. Studies have shown that women who drink over 35 units a week or men who drink more than 50 units a week are at a higher risk of developing ARBD.

Over time, the alcohol deprives brain cells of necessary vitamins, such as vitamin B1 (thiamine). As a result, ARBD can cause people to have long term memory loss, poor judgment, difficulty with making choices and a lack of understanding.

What is the treatment?

Unfortunately, there is often a significant lack of community-based services offered to individuals with ARBD. However, experts have shown that proper, long term care can manage the symptoms and help many people to recover much of their original health.

At Notaro ARBD Care Homes, people with alcohol-related brain damage can get professional care from patient and experienced staff members.

With over 30 years’ experience; we develop person-centred care plans for all of our residents to help many of them return to the community and live as individuals again.

In 3 different residential homes located across the Southwest; we are one of the few organisations in the UK that provide specialist support for people living with Alcohol-Related Brain Damage.

The effectiveness of our support can be seen in reviews from our residents and loved ones:

“This home, Notaro Homes, where I live, is very good. It has taught me a lot. The staff and management are always there for you if you have any problems. The staff or management will sort it out for you. Being here has taught and helped me a great deal. From my experience here, I would and have told people about the excellent work that is done here. I would recommend Notaro Homes to family and friends..” 

PP (Resident at Vane Hill)

“The care home has been a good step for me by making me look at myself and getting me back on the path to restarting life again.” 

Royston G (Resident at Campania)

“Serenita has a special understanding of my brother’s particular condition and needs. I know of nowhere that he could receive better care. Staff are friendly and approachable. I have every confidence in Serenita.”

Frank T (Brother of Resident at Serenita)