Wet Brain


Wet brain is a form of brain damage. Wet brain is also called Wernicke Korsakoff syndrome, Korsakoff’s psychosis, Wernicke’s encephalopathy, and beri beri. The symptoms of wet brain may sometimes improve with therapy but it is often permanent and irreversible. Wet brain is caused by a deficiency of thiamine which is also known as vitamin B1. Chronic, heavy alcohol consumption can lead to a thiamine deficiency which can then lead to wet brain. This is because alcohol interferes with the absorption of thiamine. Wet brain can also occur in people who have never consumed alcohol. A diet of nothing but polished rice can cause wet brain because of the lack of thiamine in the diet. Wet brain can also be brought on by periods of vomiting which last for several days such as might result from severe morning sickness or bulimia. Wet brain is not caused by alcohol killing brain cells. A study by Jensen and Pakkenberg suggests that chronic heavy drinking does not result in the loss of gray matter–the thinking part of the brain–although it can result in the loss of white matter. The exact nature of the impact of chronic heavy drinking on cognitive abilities in well nourished individuals remains something of a matter of dispute. Symptoms of wet brain: Staggering, irregular gait, and other muscular incoordination Confabulation – remembering events that never happened Inability to form new memories Loss of memory–this can be severe Visual and auditory hallucinations Vision changes – including double vision, eyelid drooping, and abnormal eye movements


Treatment for wet brain:

Abstinence from alcohol, thiamine, and time can help lead to some improvements of Korsakoff’s psychosis. Total recovery is extremely unlikely.


(Alcohol is toxic to the brain.
It kills brain cells resulting in brain damage.
In the end stage of alcoholism, alcoholic dementia is relatively common.
While in a minority of cases, Wet Brain Syndrome can develop)


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