Risky Behaviors

Risky health behaviors complicate Huntington’s Disease, affect the safety of the patient and others, reduce quality of life, and interfere with the interpretation of medication effectiveness. These behaviors may include:

  • Alcohol intake
  • Use of mind-altering drugs
  • Narcotic use
  • Smoking
  • Driving when told it is not safe to do so
  • Not using seat belts
  • Gambling
  • Unprotected sex with unknown or little known individuals
  • Missing doctor’s appointments
  • Avoiding medical care
  • Not taking medicine as prescribed
  • Avoiding dental care