Alcoholic dementia is caused by excessive, continuous alcohol consumption over a long period of time.
It causes neurological damage, having a direct effect on the brain cells which results in various symptoms.
Because many drink dependents do not eat properly, if at all, they do not receive enough vitamin B-1 (thiamine). This can result in further brain damage and the development of wet brain (Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome).
Alcohol Brain Damage Symptoms of Alcoholic Dementia
The symptoms of alcoholic dementia are much the same as any other dementia. Along with the symptoms listed above those with alcoholic dementia may exhibit some of the following:
Short term memory problems They may well be able to remember quite clearly what happened 20 years ago at Christmas. But ask them about 5 minutes previously and they won't have a clue.
Learning disability. Has great difficulty in assimilating new information.
Wernicke-Korsakoff's syndrome (an advanced form of alcoholic dementia) has specific symptoms. More can be found by visiting the page wet brain.
Alcohol Brain Damage What is the Difference Between Alcoholic Dementia and 'Normal' Dementia?
It can be very difficult to distinguish between alcoholic dementia and other types of dementia.This is because the symptoms for all dementia types are very similar.
However, it is not that difficult to determine if someone's dementia is caused by alcohol. If he/she has been drinking excessively and continuously over many years then, in all likelihood, alcohol is, at the very least, contributing to his/her symptoms.
If the dementia sufferer can abstain from alcohol (only attempt withdrawal from alcohol under medical supervision) for a month and their cognitive abilities improve then alcohol, obviously, is causing the dementia.
Alcoholism and the Brain Treatment for Alcoholic Dementia
The initial treatment for alcoholic dementia is very simple.....
A relapse into drinking will only lead to further brain damage and a worsening of the alcoholic dementia.
Do you want help with moderating or stopping drinking altogether? Are you worried that if you continue the way you are you might do irreparable damage to your brain and your general level of health? "Stop Drinking Alcohol" is an e-book that gives you the tools to either return to normal drinking(staying within moderate drinking guidelines) or stop altogether WITHOUT the need for the 12 steps. I highly recommend it as a viable alternative for binge drinkers wishing to cut down on their alcohol consumption.
If you or someone close to you wants help and advice on quitting drinking then take a look at the following pages:
Deborah Morrow, M.S. Addiction Psychology, is the director of treatment programs for The Alcoholism Guide website. In her practice Deborah provides on-line coaching and support for those dependent on alcohol or who require other services such as relapse prevention or court mandated services. (Read More)