Alcoholism is a pernicious illness that has a catastrophic effect on the physical, mental and emotional disposition of the individual. It shows no respect for financial, social or intellectual achievements and whilst it destroys the individual, the unremitting debilitating effect it has on the family is often underrated and unrecorded.

Alcohol related brain damage can present as a dementia type illness and those diagnosed with Korsakoff’s syndrome will almost certainly experience confusion, memory loss, apathy and irrational thinking. The illness may also be degenerative. Although ARBD will be the primary illness that needs to be managed the individual will almost certainly possess additional physical, mental and emotional traumas which they will not recognise as presenting a threat to life. Working with individuals who have ARBD requires an understanding of the condition. As with dementia, staff will be challenged to re-evaluate their response to behaviour. Whilst a person may appear to be physically sound, their behaviour may be a reaction to a confused world within which they suddenly find themselves and with which they are struggling to make sense.

Working in this world, we understand that staff will need to learn new rules whilst families will often have to re-evaluate their lives.

OUR AIMS

We want people to know that excess alcohol and a poor diet can result in permanent brain damage.

We believe that ARBD (Alcohol Related Brain Damage) is an illness and that people who have been diagnosed with ARBD need help, support and understanding.

We want Wernicke’s Encephalopathy to be well known as an illness so that issues can be recognised and resolved before permanent brain damage follows.

Our aim is to re-engage people back into society. Many people, including professionals, believe that because ARBD is associated with alcohol their illness is self-inflicted and, correspondingly, their own fault. People who are alcoholics become disengaged from everything in life including their job, their home, their partner and their children.

 

Our aim is to try and re-engage them with their former life so that they can once again live independently in the community free from alcohol.