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dementia caused by alcohol?

kaiser1

Registered User
Aug 25, 2015
2
manchester
My wife is obviously suffering from dementia but has the brain checks by MRI and the consultant is pretty certain that it is not Alzheimer's . She is now going for a more advanced MRI to check for any extra information but has indicated to me that the dementia may be caused by alcohol. We are both regular drinkers but I was shocked as I do not think that we drink to excess!
Has anyone got any information about this as info on the net is rather sketchy.
 

woodbrooklabs

Registered User
Aug 17, 2015
45
Good post, be wondering about my dad and alcohol. Hasn't been diagnosed with anything as yet, but been drinker for about 20 years, maybe 4 nights a week, more recently. Wondered could alcohol be part of the problem. Will read up on these also.

Thanks
 

Angela T

Registered User
Jul 13, 2014
187
France
When my mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's last year, the full diagnosis was "alcohol-related dementia/Alzheimer's".

I actually found a lot of info on Internet about alcohol related dementia (ARD).
 

Beate

Registered User
May 21, 2014
11,950
London
The good news is that with this kind of dementia you can partly recover or at least not get worse if you are prepared to stop drinking and watch your diet. So whatever the final diagnosis will be, it might be time to cut down on the alcohol.
 

Angela T

Registered User
Jul 13, 2014
187
France
The good news is that with this kind of dementia you can partly recover or at least not get worse if you are prepared to stop drinking and watch your diet. So whatever the final diagnosis will be, it might be time to cut down on the alcohol.
Yes, I had not made the link - but it's true that since my mother has been in care (8 months), she is not drinking much alcohol, and we have noticed an improvement - sometimes she is really sharp and her memory surprises us !
 

kaiser1

Registered User
Aug 25, 2015
2
manchester
just a bit of hope is welcome at the moment!

The good news is that with this kind of dementia you can partly recover or at least not get worse if you are prepared to stop drinking and watch your diet. So whatever the final diagnosis will be, it might be time to cut down on the alcohol.[/QUOTE

Thanks for your advice-started on B vitamins and cut down alcohol already even before sophisticated MRI!