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Posted by: Sam | 2010/04/19

brain damage?

My friend has been drinking a bottle of wine a day - usually much more over weekends. This has been going on for at least ten years. She is very forgetful - mostly when drunk (repeats herself over and over again) and can''t remember things that she had done during these drunken spurts the following day - for example how she got home, what she said, that she fell etc.

Do you think that she already has brain damage? (Don''t worry, we are trying to get her admitted - we just need to get past the denial yet)

If she has brain damage, is this reversible?

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OK, she's at least a problem drinker, and could well be an alcoholic. There could already be brain damage, and the memory problems strongly suggest this ( depending in part on whether she has maintained a healthy diet during all that drinking ), but she needs a proper assessment, of course, as you recognize. Her memory probl;ems may of course make it harder for her to REMEMBER the evidence of how badly she is affected - she may not remember how much she forgets, or remember what it was like to have a normal memory. Has anyone tried ( easy in these days of cell pones with video capability ) filming her at her drinkest, and showing it to her the next day, in the context of discussing her failure to realize or remember how badly she is affected ?

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Posted by: cybershrink | 2010/04/19

OK, she's at least a problem drinker, and could well be an alcoholic. There could already be brain damage, and the memory problems strongly suggest this ( depending in part on whether she has maintained a healthy diet during all that drinking ), but she needs a proper assessment, of course, as you recognize. Her memory probl;ems may of course make it harder for her to REMEMBER the evidence of how badly she is affected - she may not remember how much she forgets, or remember what it was like to have a normal memory. Has anyone tried ( easy in these days of cell pones with video capability ) filming her at her drinkest, and showing it to her the next day, in the context of discussing her failure to realize or remember how badly she is affected ?

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