Someone very close to me has been drinking heavily for many years, and recently, January 2005, became an alcoholic. On January 30th, he went into an alcohol detox programme, and should be out on February 8th. The problem is, we've been told the alcohol may leave him with permanant brain damage. An aunt of mine went to visit him on Tuesday, and again on Thursday, but he could not remember the Tuesday visit. Is this due to brain damage, or just to the fact that he is coming off of alcohol. Before he went away to detox, he repeated things and got confused often. Please can anyone enlighten me on the seriousness of this please? Thanks.
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- 02-02-2006 21:49
- 02-02-2006 22:08
There is a syndrome called korsakoffs synrome which is a memory disorder caused by a deficiency of thiamine, Alcoholism has been found to be a cause of this and it causes memory difficulties, Especially learning new memories.
Here is some information, But if you search it should find alot more. Maybe if your really worried you could bring your concerns up with someone else?
- 02-02-2006 22:13
Thanks a lot. This could be it, because all he eats is curry. No fruit and veg, nothing. Would anybody advise whether or not a multivitamin would be of any help? Thanks.
- 02-02-2006 22:23
I really wouldnt know, its only a guess. But I would suppose the fact hes in detox may help it anyway, But it could be nothing. Im sure his doctor may pick up on such facts if there really is anything to worry about.
- 02-02-2006 22:28
I've just found out that at detox, they're injecting him with B vitamins, so they've obviously seen this korsakoffs syndrome. We will ask whether or not to give him a multivitamin - if possible, prescribed through the NHS. Thanks for the help Hanzing, you have allayed my fears a bit. The only thing is - I looked and this Korsakoff's Syndrome may be irreversible. Still, it has only begun recently and I can only hope.