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There are more than 70 million baby boomers living in the United States. As this part of our population keeps getting older, there will be a need to diagnose and treat many conditions typically seen in older adults. Alcohol Induced Dementia is one of them.
It’s not a fairly common diagnosis, but alcohol-induced dementia is already being called one of the greatest challenges seniors and elder care professionals will face. That’s because there’s a lot about alcohol-induced dementia that doctors just don’t understand. It can also be more difficult for family members to support someone diagnosed with alcohol-induced dementia.
To help clear up some of the confusion about the condition, here is what you need to know about alcohol-induced dementia.
To understand alcohol-induced dementia, you must first understand what dementia is. Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability that’s severe enough to interfere with daily life. It’s a progressive disease. Memory loss is an example, but Alzheimer's is the most common type of dementia. It typically affects people age 50 and up.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Dementia is not a specific disease. It's an overall term that describes a wide range of symptoms associated with a decline in memory, or other thinking skills, severe enough to reduce a person's ability to perform everyday activities.
Their researchers also note that while most changes in the brain that cause dementia are permanent and worsen over time, thinking and memory problems caused by the following conditions may improve when the condition is treated or addressed:
Researchers say up to 78% of people diagnosed with alcoholism demonstrate some degree of brain disease.
There are actually two variations of alcohol-induced dementia that are typically diagnosed. They’ve been identified as:
Scientists don't yet know why heavy drinking causes severe thiamine deficiency in some alcoholics, while others may be affected primarily by alcohol's effects on the liver, stomach, heart, intestines or other body systems.
It’s encouraging to know that alcohol-induced dementia appears to be treatable. About about 75 percent of people diagnosed with alcohol-induced dementia can recover to some degree over time. But that’s only if it is diagnosed early and treated promptly.
As alcohol-induced dementia progresses, it’s important for family members to recognize what may be happening. If you want to help, the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence recommends strategies like:
If you, or someone you know, may be looking to live a healthier lifestyle. Downloading our guide “Know Your Numbers” may be a good place to start.
It addresses recommended alcohol consumption levels, as well as information on knowing the numbers that mean most to your health.