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Alcohol related brain impairment - support
Alcohol related brain impairment (ARBI) affects the way people think and behave in everyday life.
They often experience feelings of anxiety and stress and an inability to cope. You can help
someone with ARBI by assisting them to establish daily routines and by being there to support and
Avoid overloading them with too much information at once and break information down into small
logical points. Always give the person plenty of time to process information or complete a task at
their own pace.
Learning to live with ARBI
An important and often difficult step for those with ARBI is developing self-awareness and insight
into their condition so that they can learn to live with it. They may need professional help with:
• Accepting that they have a brain injury
• Understanding how this injury affects their memory, thinking and behaviour
• Setting realistic goals and making plans that take their condition into account.
Establishing daily routines
People with ARBI live to their best potential when their life is organised and follows a good
structure. Take some time to help in establishing routines so that all activities follow a predictable
pattern. Aim to build routine into all aspects of their life such as:
• Household chores
• Social activities
Working on planning and organising skills will help them to reduce stress and cope with everyday
ARBI affects communication skills and the ability to take in new information and ideas. When you
are communicating with someone with ARBI, it will help if you:
• Break down information into points or steps
• Repeat instructions or important points
• Use familiar language
• Slow down when you talk
• Give information in written as well as verbal form, preferably in point form
• Restrict discussions to one topic or issue at a time.
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