Alcohol Abuse and Wet Brain Syndrome

Chronic alcoholism can have dire consequences on your health. Most of the damage caused by alcohol can be cured if you stop drinking and seek detoxification treatment. Unfortunately, addiction to alcohol can have some permanent effects. One of these is Wet Brain Syndrome, which can significantly affect your lifetime, even after your recovery. This is where LifeSync in Malibu comes in the picture to help save you from hitting rock-bottom with drug and alcohol addiction. It is never too late for you to once again live an alcohol-free life. We recognize the importance of medicine and behavioral conditioning in a supportive environment to help reform an addict.

What is Wet Brain syndrome?

Wet Brain/Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome is a serious illness that results in brain damage due to prolonged use of alcohol. Wet Brain Syndrome is comprised of two separate but successive conditions: Wernicke’s encephalopathy and Korsakoff’s psychosis. Wernicke’s encephalopathy causes destruction to the thalamus and hypothalamus parts of the brain while Korsakoff’s psychosis affects parts of the brain responsible for memory.

The condition affects your ability to focus, memory, and control mood and movement. Wet Brain Syndrome results from a lack of thiamine in the brain and low absorption of vitamin B1. Thiamine is used in the breakdown of glucose in the brain to help maintain normal function. Alcoholics are likely to experience low levels of thiamine in the blood due to disregard for their nutritional requirements. Wet Brain Syndrome can also affect non-alcoholics if one’s body becomes unable to absorb nutrients from food. The name arose due to the close association the disease has with alcoholics.

Ways to Recognize Wet Brain Syndrome

The initial symptoms of Wet Brain Syndrome are usually psychological but can progress into permanent brain damage. With early detection, patients can recover fully from Wet Brain Syndrome. However, if the thalamus and hypothalamus have suffered permanent damage, it becomes almost impossible for one to recover. Early detection of the symptoms of the disease, listed below, can be life-saving.

  •       Loss of muscle mass
  •       Loss of appetite
  •       Fatigue
  •       Sudden confusion
  •       Change in vision and abnormal eye movements
  •       Loss of memory
  •       Loss of coordination
  •       Staggering
  •       Coma and death

Treatment of Wet Brain Syndrome

Wet Brain Syndrome can severely impact the quality of life. After the disease, life expectancy is dependent on symptoms presented, the extent of brain damage, and an individual’s health. Treatment for the condition is majorly symptomatic and focuses on helping the body restore the thiamine levels to help prevent further brain damage. Wet Brain Syndrome at an advanced stage (encephalopathy) is not curable. It is critical for Wet Brain Syndrome patients to cease using alcohol and immediately seek treatment to help avoid the condition from progressing. 

Are you struggling with alcohol abuse? Alcohol-related dementia can have adverse effects on self-esteem, relationships, and physical and mental health. We understand your desire to reform and are here to help you stay on course with a long term recovery plan tailored to meet your specific needs. Visit us today to start your journey to recovery.