Alcohol abuse increases the risk of head injuries, makes the treatment more difficult and worsens the prognosis. All
patients after head injury should be informed that alcohol abuse is especially dangerous to them. The patients abusing
alcohol without dependence should receive brief intervention from their physicians. The alcohol dependent patients
should be referred and treated accordingly. Prevention of societal level includes decreasing of overall alcohol consumption
and education of general public about the risks of alcohol abuse and head injuries.
alcohol, head injury, brief intervention.