Use of Drugs, Alcohol Increase Risk of TBI

Recent research has found that victims of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are at an increased risk of developing an alcohol or drug addiction. TBIs can affect the part of the brain that controls dopamine reception. The more dopamine your brain receives, the happier you are. TBIs can disrupt that reception, causing depression, which in turn can increase the risk of developing an addiction.

However, the reverse is also true: those who frequently use drugs and alcohol are more likely to suffer from a TBI at some point in their lives. According to the Colorado TBI Surveillance and Follow-up System, roughly 21 percent of TBI victims had a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher at the time of the accident that caused the TBI. Similar models found figures as high as 37 percent.

While many TBI victims were intoxicated at the time of the accident, even more reported a history of substance abuse prior to the accident. Research from the TBI Model Systems National Database shows that at least 48 percent of TBI victims had a history of either drug or alcohol abuse before the accident. Other estimates put the figure as high as 61 percent.

Trends show that most TBIs result from falls and automobile accidents, and that individuals prone to risk-taking behavior are more susceptible to TBIs. Always use caution when approaching dangerous situations like extreme sports or intoxicants.

Did someone else’s risky behavior cause a loved one’s traumatic brain injury? If so, you may be able to seek justice. Contact the Law Office of Stanley A. Davis today for a free consultation.

“And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit.” – Ephesians 5:18

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