Alcohol abuse and dependence are major health problems for homeless people. In Glasgow, where there are about 4000 homeless people at any one time, over half of them drink hazardously.1 It seems probable that the consequent alcohol-related brain damage (ARBD) therefore constitutes major health and social care needs. However, no published European literature indicates the extent of ARBD among homeless people.
ARBD is a spectrum of amnesic disorders including Wernicke's encephalopathy and Korsakoff's psychosis. This study describes the prevalence of ARBD among hostel residents in Glasgow.