Symptoms of Wet Brain
People suffering from Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome typically exhibit the following symptoms:
Loss of muscle coordination
- staggering, irregular gait
- poor coordination
- leg tremors
- “Remembering” events that never happened
- Inability to form new memories
- Loss of memory, which can be severe
- Disorientation related to time and place
- General confusion
- Seeing (and hearing) hallucinations
- double vision
- drooping eyelids
- abnormal eye movements
Cause of Wet Brain
Many mistakenly think that wet brain, or Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome, is due to alcohol destroying brain cells. However, it is actually caused by a deficiency in thiamine (Vitamin B1).
Connection Between Wet Brain and Alcoholism
Chronic alcoholism can lead to Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome for several reasons:
- Many heavy drinkers have poor eating habits and their diets often do not contain essential vitamins. This leads to malnutrition and lack of thiamine.
- Alcohol can damage stomach and intestine lining and make it difficult for the body to absorb the key vitamins it receives.
- Alcohol adversely impacts the ability of the liver to store vitamins.
Treatment for Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome
If Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome is identified at early onset, doses of thiamine (vitamin B1) may have some preventive effect. Unfortunately, it is not possible to recover from any irreversible damage to the brain caused by Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome. So early detection is critical.
Without treatment, Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome gets progressively worse, eventually leading to coma and death.
If you suspect that alcohol is affecting your health or your loved one’s health, call 888-707-4673.
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