Alcohol, auditory functioning and deafness


A. Crawford PhD, Director, The Renfrew Council on Alcohol, Community Services Centre, Queen Street, Paisley, PA1 2TU, UK. Tel: 144 (0)141 887 0880; fax: 144 (0)141 887 8063; e-mail:


Abstract This paper reviews studies of alcohol and auditory impairment and the treatment of deaf people with alcohol problems and concludes that: (a) alcohol affects auditory functioning, (b) prenatal exposure to alcohol is a risk factor for hearing impairment in FAS children, (c) there may be genetic factors involved in the transmission of auditory abnormalities to the children of problem drinkers and (d) there is very little research in the drinking patterns of or counselling services for deaf people in the UK.