“Wet brain syndrome” is a shorthand term used in discussing Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome, a combination of two conditions. These conditions are Wernicke encephalopathy and a form of psychosis called Korsakoff syndrome. Wernicke encephalopathy is the first and less severe stage of Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome. Most of those who experience the less severe condition eventually struggle with Korsakoff syndrome, essentially a version of dementia resulting from prolonged alcohol abuse.
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Understanding Wet Brain Syndrome
What is wet brain syndrome? Knowing how someone gets to a particular stage of problems related to alcohol abuse is essential to avoid them. Wet brain syndrome is not an issue that develops overnight. A person who has had a long-term struggle with alcohol abuse is at risk of developing wet brain syndrome.
Excessive drinking, over time, alters the way a body functions. When someone struggles with heavy drinking, their body can stop appropriately processing vitamins and nutrients. This problem can result in many unwanted physical and mental health changes. As wet brain syndrome symptoms become more prevalent, a person stops being able to create and retain new memories.
In some instances, wet brain syndrome is associated with end-stage alcoholism, at which point a person’s life expectancy can be very short. Like many other illnesses, it may not be the condition that is the ultimate reason a person may not have a longer life. While wet brain syndrome involves vitamin and mineral deficiencies that may result in adverse health consequences, the lack of awareness and detachment from reality can cause a person to lose their ability to make choices that sustain their survival.
Some evidence suggests that wet brain syndrome is more prevalent in men.
Early Stage of Wet Brain Syndrome
During the early stage of this syndrome, a person may experience any of the following:
- Problems with focus and concentration
- Muscle weakness
- Visual impairments
- Shakiness or tremors
The early stages of wet brain syndrome include the period when a person is dealing with the effects of Wernicke encephalopathy.
Later Stage of Wet Brain Syndrome
During the later stage of this syndrome, a person may experience:
- Mild to severe memory loss
- Inability to create new memories
- Short attention span
- Distorted memory
- Mood instability
- Inability to learn life skills
The later stage of wet brain syndrome is synonymous with Korsakoff syndrome.
Early Indications of Wet Brain Syndrome
Like early intervention in breaking the cycle of abuse, early intervention for wet brain syndrome is essential. When someone struggling with alcohol abuse shows signs of developing wet brain syndrome, medical professionals can test them for a Vitamin B1 deficiency.
Low Vitamin B1 is a strong indicator a person may be developing Wernicke’s encephalopathy. There is a possibility for recovery when this is determined early before the illness can develop further. Once wet brain syndrome has evolved to a severe point, the symptoms can be fatal.
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Alcohol addiction is a destructive force in the lives of too many Americans. It’s important to remember that help is available, and it’s never too late to break the cycle of abuse. At Solution Based Treatment & Detox, our medical doctors and mental health practitioners are experienced in dealing with those who struggle with alcohol abuse at all stages.
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