It is an undeniable fact that alcohol abuse deteriorates one’s physical health. But several researches conducted in the past provide evidence that consuming alcohol over a long period of time can have severe negative effects on one’s mental health, one of them being alcoholic dementia.
Alcoholic dementia refers to a state of neurological damage and impaired cognitive functioning due to excessive alcohol consumption. The condition can affect an individual in two different ways — Wernicke’s encephalopathy and Korsakoff psychosis — together known as Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome or wet brain. This condition is caused due to a deficiency of thiamine (vitamin B1) in the case of people who drink in excess.
Although the symptoms of alcoholic dementia vary as per the stage of damage of the brain, some of the common symptoms are:
- Confused mental state
- Anxiety and fear
- Short-term memory loss and hallucinations
- Lack of muscle coordination
- Eye problems such as instinctive eye movements and unequal pupils
The best way to control the development of this condition is by fixing the thiamine deficiency. Foods such as asparagus, green peas, fish, sunflower seeds, spinach and flax seeds are rich sources of B1. However, a good diet does not undermine the importance of medical interventions that can treat the damage caused to the brain. A mental health expert should be approached to seek abstinence from alcohol addiction and lead a sober life.