Get Help For Wet Brain

by Dal Onan
(Lonia MI, USA)

My husband has been to detox twice and had a complete blood work up and they say his liver is good.

I have been reading about wet brain because his whole attitude has changed over the last couple of years. He used to be active but now he just sits and watches TV. He can"t talk well anymore and he repeats things. He sleeps a lot and complains about not being able to see well. He has no short term memory.

I would like to know what to do to have him checked for wet brain. Can you please give me information on where to go for help.


I think the best place to start is with your family doctor. My advice can, by no means, substitute for a doctor’s advice. From my research, I understand “wet brain” (formally called Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome) to be the result of a severe deficiency in thiamine (vitamin B1). In this case, he will need to have his thiamine levels checked to see if there’s a possibility of him having this diagnosis. You will need to check with his primary care physician to see if they do that kind of testing or if they can refer you to a doctor who can.

Also, diagnosis usually involves a neuropsychological assessment. Again, his primary care physician should be able to refer him to a neuropsychologist for this testing.

The most important question is whether or not your husband is willing to get checked for this condition. Does he express concern over any symptoms? You may have to spend some time pointing out your concerns to him. You do not necessarily need to connect them with alcohol abuse. If you blame his drinking for his symptoms, he may avoid going to the doctor for fear that they will ask him to quit drinking or put him through detox again. You could attempt to point out your concerns for his physical symptoms outside of the alcoholism discussion.

It may be hard for him to notice if his memory is not as good or if he is less active. This may have become comfortable and normal for him. You will likely need to do some convincing to get him to the doctor.

If he permits you to attend the appointment with him, you can point out your concerns over the drinking to the doctor. It will be important for the doctor to have this information when doing his/her assessment of your husband.

You can learn more about wet brain and brain damage from alcoholism here.

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Jun 13, 2018
wet brain
by: Anonymous

We went this route with husband..its a difficult path...husband was most stubborn...would not go to the dr...would argue with the dr...would refuse the treatment...he was very unaware...

After 2.5 yrs of treatment and neurological checkups, we still have no answers...they ask him to not drink...he was sober for 3.5 yrs, but relapsed...

He is completely unaware still...its a vicious circle...there never is a day, that this experience is over...and recovery happened...its a constant battle to keep him on his program..

The denial and unawareness is mind-boggling...and effects everything...he thinks everyone is wrong.

Aug 07, 2016
Very worried
by: Jad

I quit drinking 3 years ago to look after my mum, and was doing fine until the beginning of this year when I started getting excruciating pains down left side of my head onto my face which left it difficult to see. My doctor diagnosed trigeminal neuralgia. Ive been using medication which isn't really working that well. Ive also started getting a rapid heart rate when this happens as well. Is there any chance this could be wet brain even though I'm taking huge amounts of vitamin B now?

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Wet Brain

by Ingrid Mitchell
(Foley, Al)

What is the life expectancy of an alcoholic who is in the chronic stage of wet brain ??

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Jun 13, 2018
wet brain
by: Anonymous

My father had wet was a very very slow fact, his last years were horrible, it did not hasten his death...he died in his late 70's...chronic alcoholic all his life...was drinking more than a quart of whiskey, a day, in his last drinking stage..

HE basically had dementia...same behavior as AZ...then he progressed to mini strokes...which left him even more confused and helpless...My mother took care of him for many years in this stage...lifting him...bathing him..he fed thru the tube...he was never cooperative..her life was hard.

When he was passing from pneumonia and hospitalized, they found cancer in the was the combo of these two that took his life..not the wet brain...

Jul 04, 2016
wet brain
by: Anonymous

What is life expectancy for someone with stage-two advanced wet brain that has been told there is nothing more the hospital can do?

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