Alcohol-related brain damage (including Korsakoff's syndrome)

3. Alcohol-related brain damage

Alcohol-related brain damage

Some people regularly drink much higher levels than the recommended limits of alcohol. For men, such excessive drinking could mean more than 50 units per week, and for women, more than 35 units/week. Drinking at these high levels not only poses a particularly high risk to someone’s health but it also increases the risk of the person becoming addicted. (Alcohol addiction is where someone has become dependent on alcohol. They have an excessive desire to drink and their drinking is causing problems in their daily life.) Alcohol intake at such high levels over several years directly damages the brain, causing alcohol-related brain damage (ARBD) in some people.

Alcohol-related brain damage leads to slightly different symptoms in different people and causes a range of conditions. The most common form of ARBD is alcoholic dementia which may also be called alcohol-related dementia. ARBD also includes Korsakoff's syndrome, which is also called Korsakoff's psychosis.