Alcohol and Dementia

Drinking and dementia do not mix. There is a form of dementia, known as alcohol-related dementia (ARD) which can occur due to misuse of alcohol. Because of this, people affected with ARD often have long-term memory loss and a problem with mental processing.

There are two forms of ARD, but symptoms from both can occur in a patient. They are identified by the type of memory loss that occurs.

Alcohol Dementia: This form of ARD results in long-term memory loss. It is the result of excessive drinking. This form of dementia affects the person’s planning, thinking, and judgment.

Wet Brain: Also known as Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome, Wet Brain is the result of a severe Vitamin B1 (thiamine) deficiency. Alcohol inhibits the thiamine in your body through excessive drinking and poor nutrition. This form of dementia causes people to have short-term memory loss. They are typically not affected by the symptoms of Alcohol Dementia, mentioned above.

While both forms of dementia are bad, they are not permanent if treated early. The most simple remedy is to stop drinking and start eating properly. Typically, they will also be given doses of vitamins (including B1) to repair the damage. Women have a greater success rate of recovery from ARD.

Currently, science isn’t exactly sure how alcohol-related dementia effects the brain. Research has been done to see what parts of the brain are affected. They believe the biochemistry of the brain is disrupted in the area where memory retrieval is stored. The alcohol causes microscopic bleeding and scar tissue.

Help is available, though. You can learn more about the effects of alcohol-related dementia and how it can affect you and your loved ones by contacting the Kabb Law Firm at 216.991.(KABB) 5222 or by emailing us at: