Alchohol and the Korsakov's syndrome
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I think that everybody has heard from the “korsakov’s syndrome” at least once. My grandfater suffers from it, that’s the main reason why I’m putting this tip on FC. Feel free to correct my spelling mistakes, I'm Belgian after all :p
1. What is it and how do I get it?
Overuse of alcoholic products (like beer, wine, vodka,…) can cause serious damage to your brains. Everytime you drink alcohol, your amount of brain cell’s(?) decreases.
If you’re an alcohol addict, you will drink much alcohol, very frequently (my grandfater used to drink it every day). So that means that your amount of brain cell’s(?) decreases every day, that means that you’re becoming more stupid everytime you drink. As long as you dont use alcohol to much, and not every day, it’s fine. When your amount of brain cell’s(?) reaches a certain point that you don’t know from nothing: you almost don’t know your family, you’ve forgotten where you live, etc.. Ofcourse the symptomes are different for everybody but these are most frequent symptomes.
In fact, the syndrome is not caused by alcohol alone, but a combination from both alcohol use and a lack of vitamins B1. A lack of vitamins B1 comes (mostly) from eating disorders. The lack of vitamins B1 comes indirectly from alcohol use:
Overuse of alcohol -> eating disorders -> lack of vitamins -> affected organs
The name “Korsakov” comes from a russian docter who started writing about the connection between overuse of alcohol and brain damage (around 1887).
2. How do I see that I suffer from korsakov?
Korsakov looks alot like dementia from old people:
- Degradation of the Short-term memory
- Desoriëntation in time and place
- Panic and fear attacks
The brains from people who suffer from Korsakov are shrunk from 10-15%.
3. How can Korsakov be treated? Can it go away?
If you suffer from Korsakov you need to get help to stop your alcohol addiction:
- Injections from vitamin B
- A variated diet that contains lots of vitamins and minerals.
- Treatment of physical and mental problems.
(There are special hospitals for people who suffer from Korsakov)
The “Korsakov’s syndrome” can not really go away, but it can be bettered. If you’ve been treated specially for Korsakov by doing the things I said before, it CAN go better. The real result is how you are 1 year after the treatment. After 1 year your physical and mental state will not go any better.
4. What to do to avoid Korsakov?
- Drink WISELY, not to much, not to frequent
- Eat products which contain vitamin B1
I hope that my first tip is a good one to everybody. Once again: correct me if I'm wrong