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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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It does sound as if your friend has the early stages of Korsakoff's Psychosis, which can be linked to alcoholism and brain damage.

You can Google this syndrome to find out more about it. The fact that she suffers from blackouts and memory lapses is not a good sign.

Brian damage due to alcoholism in females can happen much quicker than with males. The sad thing about alcoholism is that people don't take the negative side-effects such as brain damage seriously, quite often only until the damage has become evident.

The alcoholic's brain also shrinks, which leads to all sorts of cognitive distortions and memory problems.

The most important thing is for her to stop drinking immediately. You can't sit around waiting until madam decides that her denial has been broken down.

She has to go for treatment as in yesterday, or she might be brain damaged for the rest of her life. Yes, it is reversible, but it depends from person to person.

One can only asses permanent damage once she stops drinking. Permanently stop drinking, that is.

She might have a heart transplant or a liver transplant, but there are no brain transplants available, yet.

Until then, we are stuck with the one nestling between our ears. Tough, but that's the way it is.

For your friend it's midnight, not even three minutes to midnight. She goes into treatment today, or her brain might be permanently damaged.

That's how serious this disease is. You can email me at herman@harmonyclinic.co.za should you need further guidance.

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Posted by: Addictions expert forum | 2010/04/20

It does sound as if your friend has the early stages of Korsakoff's Psychosis, which can be linked to alcoholism and brain damage.

You can Google this syndrome to find out more about it. The fact that she suffers from blackouts and memory lapses is not a good sign.

Brian damage due to alcoholism in females can happen much quicker than with males. The sad thing about alcoholism is that people don't take the negative side-effects such as brain damage seriously, quite often only until the damage has become evident.

The alcoholic's brain also shrinks, which leads to all sorts of cognitive distortions and memory problems.

The most important thing is for her to stop drinking immediately. You can't sit around waiting until madam decides that her denial has been broken down.

She has to go for treatment as in yesterday, or she might be brain damaged for the rest of her life. Yes, it is reversible, but it depends from person to person.

One can only asses permanent damage once she stops drinking. Permanently stop drinking, that is.

She might have a heart transplant or a liver transplant, but there are no brain transplants available, yet.

Until then, we are stuck with the one nestling between our ears. Tough, but that's the way it is.

For your friend it's midnight, not even three minutes to midnight. She goes into treatment today, or her brain might be permanently damaged.

That's how serious this disease is. You can email me at herman@harmonyclinic.co.za should you need further guidance.

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