Alcoholism and Wernicke-Korsakoff SyndromeComments (1)
Dr. James Strawbridge Says...
Heavy alcohol consumption for extended periods of time has extensive and far-reaching effects on every organ of the body. The effects on the brain can range from 'slips' in memory to permanent and debilitating conditions.
Research has shown a high deficiency of thiamine in the diet and heavy alcohol consumption for an extended period of time to be a bad combination. In worse cases people will go on to develop serious brain disorders such as Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome.
According the the National Institute on alcohol and alcoholism, “WKS is a disease that consists of two separate syndromes, a short-lived and severe condition called Wernicke's encephalopathy and a long-lasting condition as Korsakoff's psychosis.
Patients with Korsakoff's psychosis are forgetful and quickly frustrated and have difficulty with walking and coordination. Although these patients have problems remembering old information, it is their difficulty in “laying down” new information that is most stricking. For example, these patients can discuss in detail an event in their lives, but an hour later might not remember ever having the conversation. Cases of this type may require a lifetime custodial care, enduring love and patience.
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