Our brains play an important role in our
behaviour, feelings and understanding of the world.
If the brain becomes damaged, people may experience the same
symptoms as people with mental illness, dementia or learning
disability. As a result, they are often subject to the same laws,
such as the Mental Health Act and the Adults
with Incapacity Act.
Acquired Brain Injury
Acquired brain injury can occur as a reult of a trauma, such as
an accident, or after certain illnesses, such as a brain tumour or
For more information on the effects of acquired brain injury and
options for rehabilitation and support, visit the Headway
Alcohol-Related Brain Damage
Harmful use of alcohol and dependence on alcohol are common.
These are not "mental disorders" under the law in Scotland and do
not come within our remit. But some people suffer brain damage from
harmful alcohol use.
Damage can have several causes, including direct damage from
alcohol, vitamin deficiency and head trauma. These can affect
memory, judgement and behaviour. However, over a long period
of time, heavy drinkers may develop various types of brain damage.
To find out more about the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of
ARBD, visit the
Alzheimer Scotland website.