Alcohol has a wide range of negative effects on your health, both short and long term. Aside from an increased chance of developing cancer, excessive alcohol consumption can also cause a wide range of heart and liver problems.
However, alcohol doesn’t just negatively affect the body. It can also have terrible repercussions on the supposedly normal functions of your brain. Any mental or psychological dysfunctions can be magnified by regular drinking. Furthermore, it can even make dementia much worse.
Alcohol and Dementia: An Unfortunate Link
Alcoholism, defined as chronic and uncontrollable alcohol consumption, has links with dementia. This is because alcohol can also cause changes in the brain chemistry, destroying brain cells in the process.
Alcohol-related dementia, or ARD, is a real disease that comes from long-term and chronic alcohol abuse.
What is Alcohol-Induced Dementia?
Alcohol-Induced Dementia, or more commonly known as Alcohol-Related Dementia (ARD), happen to those who abuse alcohol regularly and for many years. This condition shows symptoms that occur because of damage to their frontal lobes. This causes a lack of inhibition and lack of consideration for the consequences of their actions.
Aside from this, alcoholism can also cause you to have vitamin deficiencies that also damage brain cells. This can cause changes in personality.
Korsakoff’s Syndrome, common in alcoholics, is caused by a lack of Vitamin B1 (thiamine). This can cause changes in eyesight as well as in memory retention. This can also make it difficult for you to perform even simple tasks, such as getting dressed.
Alcohol can also cause depression, anxiety, psychosis, and personality changes.
While alcohol-related dementia may often be confused with Alzheimer’s, they are different. ARD includes memory loss, inability to perform even everyday tasks, problems in judgment and decision-making, as well as language problems. The personality can also change and the person may exhibit Korsakoff’s Syndrome, which can cause agitation, paranoia, muscle coordination problems, and confusion.
Alcohol-Related Dementia Treatment
The first step to treating alcohol-induced dementia is to undergo an alcohol treatment program. It’s important to undergo medically supervised detox as well as to completely abstain from alcohol.
The earlier ARD is caught, the better the chance for the person to get better, physically and mentally.
For help with alcohol addiction and ARD. call or text us at Bridges of Hope: 09175098826.