On average 200 to 300 per 100 000 population attend hospital with a head injury every year. (!0) Socio-economic and cultural factors may have a two- to threefold effect on the rates of head injury, and even larger effects on the individual causes of head injury. About one-sixth of those people attending hospital will be admitted. This reflects the fact that, in most series, about 80 per cent of head injuries are mild, 10 per cent moderate, and 10 per cent severe.

At greatest risk are 15 to 25-year-olds. The sex ratio is about two to three males to one female. Risk factors included alcohol misuse as well as lower socio-economic class. Road traffic accidents are the largest single cause of head injury in most civilian cohorts, followed by assaults and falls. A significant proportion will sustain their head injury as a result of deliberate self-harm.

The prevalence rate for those experiencing considerable disability as a result of head injury is in the order of 100 per 100 000. (1!ยป

Alcohol No More

Alcohol No More

Do you love a drink from time to time? A lot of us do, often when socializing with acquaintances and loved ones. Drinking may be beneficial or harmful, depending upon your age and health status, and, naturally, how much you drink.

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