All but 4 of 29 patients referred for unexplained loss of vision combined heavy drinking and heavy smoking. The authors state that the abuse of ethyl alcohol may certainly cause visual problems partly by a disturbance of the conduction nerve fibres, partly through an effect on the retina itself. Though an indirect effect via vitamin b and a deficiency will often be a major component, direct toxic effects may also contribute to the disease. The authors' observations have obvious implications for the driving capability of heavy drinkers. (TRRL)

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    Dr W Junk BV, Publishers

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  • Authors:
    • Vanksema, T N
    • Henkes, H E
  • Publication Date: 1979

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  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: p. 333-338
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  • Accession Number: 00329684
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Institute for Road Safety Research, SWOV
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: May 21 1981 12:00AM