When After a Concussion Can I Consume Alcohol?

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Drinking increases your chances of getting injured again, makes cognitive (thinking) problems worse, and increases your chances of having emotional problems such as depression. In addition, drinking can reduce brain injury recovery. Facts about concussion and alcohol:
  • Alcohol and brain injury recovery
  • Alcohol slows down or stops brain injury recovery.
  • Not drinking is one way to give the brain the best chance to heal.
  • People's lives often continue to improve many years after brain injury. Not drinking will increase the chance of improvement.
  • Recovery from brain injury continues for much longer than we used to think possible. Many people notice improvements for many years after injury.
For these reasons, staying away from alcohol is strongly recommended to avoid further injury to the brain and to promote as much healing as possible. Keyword: concussion alcohol
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