Alcohol issues

Alcohol Related Brain Damage

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What Is Alcohol Related Brain Damage?

People who have been drinking large amounts of alcohol for long periods of time run the risk of developing serious and persistent changes in the brain. Damage may be a result of the direct effects of alcohol on the brain or may result indirectly, from a poor general health status or from severe liver disease. For example, thiamine deficiency is a common occurrence in people with alcoholism and results from poor overall nutrition. Thiamine, also known as vitamin B1, is an essential nutrient required by all tissues, including the brain.

Common indicators of alcohol-related brain-damage:

  • Memory impairment
  • Retrieving information stored in memory
  • Remembering recent events or recently acquired information
  • Confabulation (fabricating memories because of an inability to remember)
  • Problems learning new information
  • Retrograde amnesia (there may be a period in the person’s life of which they have little or no recall, and the period may become larger as time passes)
  • Irrational ideas
  • Resistance to change, or inability to change even when you want to change
  • Inappropriate or difficult behaviour
  • Mood swings
  • Confusion, or disorientation
  • Missed appointments
  • Difficulty staying focused, or repetitious conversation
  • Failure to implement plans or get round to chores

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