Physical health

This section contains articles about various physical conditions and illnesses, and their implications for people with intellectual disabilities.


Alcohol use disorders in people with intellectual disability. This article was originally published in BJPsych AdvancesVolume 24Issue 4 , July 2018 , pp. 264 – 272, Cambridge University Press. Copyright © The Royal College of Psychiatrists 2018. It is available via this link, with kind permission of the authors.

Substance misuse in people with learning disabilities: reasonable adjustments guidance.  This summarises the research about the particular difficulties of people with learning disabilities who have substance misuse problems; and it provides information about successful approaches and resources for supporters. .     For further information, see also   Substance misuse and people with learning disabilities: making reasonable adjustments to services and  A Manual for Extended Brief Intervention for Alcohol Misuse by People with Learning Disabilities

Constipation in autistic people and people with learning disabilities.    This article, published in the British Journal of General Practice, gives an overview of constipation and related concerns in people with learning disabilities and/or autistic people.  It provides recommendations to primary care to help address this issue.  Please see (July 2022)

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