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Alcoholic dementia: the relationship between addiction and dementia

Everyone has long known that alcoholism leads to irreversible changes in personal human development. Today scholars argue that the systematic abuse of alcohol – a sure way to dementia, that is dementia.

How to understand that alcoholic dementia is already on the threshold?

The ethanol contained in alcoholic beverages, leads to the appearance of neurological disorders in the human body. It affects systems that are responsible for behavioral responses and emotions.

Because of the systematic abuse of alcohol, the body gets chronic intoxication. Toxins that enter with alcohol, have deleterious effects on the vascular system, liver, gastrointestinal tract, heart, kidney. And the worst – under attack the brain, which leads to a gradual onset of symptoms of dementia.

About the approach of alcoholic dementia shown by the following symptoms:

  • The bouts of amnesia. An alcoholic can clearly remember what happened to him a few years ago, but not remember the events of three days ago. He loses orientation in space and time.
  • The emergence of obsessive fantasies. Lapses in memory the person is trying to fill, so he’s having fantasies about certain events that he doesn’t remember, and they are real. If someone tries to doubt the authenticity of the memoirs of an alcoholic, it makes him violent outbursts.
  • The man reacts badly to criticism, does not recognize the existence of problems.
  • Inadequate behavioral responses. In response to certain events a person manifests is absolutely inappropriate reactions: anxiety, euphoria, confusion, aggressiveness, restlessness, apathy.

If the alcoholic does not realize the gravity of his situation and did not stop drinking, he will gradually develop dementia.

Dementia that occurs because of his alcoholism

The bouts of amnesia

and problems with behavioral reactions being joined by the signs of the extinction of intelligence. The patient becomes difficult to concentrate, having difficulty in communicating with other people. Many practical skills are lost, the rest of the alcoholic is difficult to apply in practice.

On the background of dementia you can talk about the catastrophic narrowing of the range of human interests, its starting to excite only primitive household questions. He may be voracious, to show signs of hypersexuality or, conversely, apathy towards sex life. The main purpose of life becomes the consumption of alcohol.

For alcoholic dementia characterized by a complete absence of self-criticism of the patient, he becomes conflicted, selfish, it’s almost impossible to get along with. In the end, the dementia leads to complete regression of the personality. Man gets sloppy, loses the most elementary hygiene and domestic skills.

Patients have noticeable trouble sleeping. Also characteristic is the appearance of delusions of persecution, hallucinations, delirium.

Physical signs of alcoholic dementia refers to a General enfeeblement of the body, festinating gait, tremor. The person becomes physically weak, exhausted.

Is there a cure for alcohol dementia?

To deal with dementia is possible, but the outcome of treatment depends on the stage of the disease, and the human desire to get rid of the disease. Absolutely mandatory is a complete rejection of alcohol, otherwise therapy can not even start. Drug treatment includes the administration of drugs for intoxication, and to improve blood supply to the brain. In addition, symptomatic treatment to improve the patient’s condition.

If the dementia is not managed to significantly develop, complete abstinence from alcohol and proper treatment can lead to positive results. Only in this case, it is possible but not guaranteed in the regression of dementia.

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