Alcoholic Dementia

Last Updated: Feb 24th 2020

Reviewed by Brittany Polansky

Unfortunately, alcohol addiction causes countless health problems, just one of which is dementia. Alcoholic dementia may be the result of excess consumption or vitamin deficiencies from heavy, chronic drinking. This form of dementia affects people of all ages, and the more you drink, the more risks increase. Learn to recognize it by identifying the signs and symptoms of the condition.

Problems With Memory

Memory loss is the main method for identifying alcoholic dementia. People with alcoholic dementia don’t solely black out while using. Overall, they’ll often struggle with memory lapse when sober, no matter how infrequent this is.

Additionally, alcoholic dementia leads to false memories. It convinces people that certain events took place when there’s overwhelming proof they didn’t. It’s also difficult for individuals to create new memories or remember faces, names, and details. This can be a terrifying experience, as any form of identity loss often is.

Issues With Balance and Coordination

The difficulty with diagnosing alcoholic dementia is that it’s similar to alcoholism. For example, a lack of balance and coordination is a common side effect of alcohol addiction.

However, this symptom is present no matter how much alcohol is in the system. If a drunk person stumbles, recent alcohol consumption is likely to blame. But, If a person stumbles before drinking, alcoholic dementia could be the culprit.

Inability to Learn New Things

Additionally, alcoholic dementia may lead to an inability to learn new things. If memory lapse is a common side effect, this shouldn’t be surprising. It’s difficult to understand instructions or follow directions with any form of dementia. It’s also challenging to understand new information, use common sense, or plan ahead with this condition.

Involuntary or Unusual Eye Movements

If you’re trying to recognize an alcohol addiction and potential dementia, assessing eye health may lead to some answers. Alcoholic dementia causes unequal pupil size and involuntary eye movement. It may also be difficult to see anything outside of your direct line of vision.

Avoiding Alcoholic Dementia With Addiction Treatment

The only effective way to avoid alcohol-induced dementia is to stop drinking. For those who are already experiencing early symptoms, reaching sobriety is crucial. At 1st Step Behavioral Health, you’ll learn to fight back against alcohol addiction. Our diverse Treatment methods include:

  • Physical and nutritional support
  • Individual talk therapy
  • Pharmacological assistance
  • Dual diagnosis therapy
  • Holistic remedies and therapies

To avoid alcoholic dementia, seek help for addiction today. At 1st Step Behavioral Health in Pompano Beach, Florida, you’ll have access to the necessary resources for reaching lifelong recovery. Call (866) 319-6126 and begin fighting for your health and happiness today.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Brittany Polansky

Brittany PolanskyBrittany has been working in behavioral health since 2012 and is a Primary Clinician at our facility. She is an LCSW and holds a master’s degree in social work. She has great experience with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health diagnoses as well as various therapeutic techniques. Brittany is passionate about treating all clients with dignity and respect, and providing a safe environment where clients can begin their healing journey in recovery.