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People who have sustained a traumatic brain injury have a higher risk of developing dementia . Alcohol abuse is associated with a higher risk of head trauma, especially in condition of disregard for the Law. Therefore, the term “alcoholic dementia”͕ used e.g. in the former Soviet Union, is less adequate than the term “alcohol-related dementia”͕ used in other countries, as repeated head trauma, old hematomas and undernourishment may contribute to the damage of neural structures and advancement of dementia. The term “alcoholic dementia” tends to ascribe the whole damage to alcohol, thus distracting attention from property-related and other crime against alcohol-dependent people .
1. Torjesen I. Traumatic brain injury raises dementia risk, large study suggests. BMJ 2018;361:k1597.