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Title: Alcohol-Related Dementia

Alcohol-Related Dementia
  • Hillary Ransom

What is alcohol-related dementia?
  • A form of dementia related to the excessive
    drinking over a period of years causing damage
    to the frontal part of your brain, resulting in
    the inability to make rational decisions, loss of
    memory and learning ability.

The Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome
  • Werenicke-Korsakoff Syndrome, WKS, is a result
    from alcohol-related dementia.
  • The symptoms of the 2 are closely related with
    the exception that people with WKS have a
    tendency to confabulate (make up or invent new

Effects on Language
  • Alcohol-related dementia leads to brain shrinkage
    and brain damages which inhibits your ability to
    speak properly and form clear and concise
  • The effect it has on language is tremendous since
    most of the damage is being done to the brain.
  • Short term memory loss which results in
    fabricating life events.
  • Inability to communicate with individuals due to
    their other complications they suffer from
  • Cannot form thought patterns
  • Problems finding words, inability to correctly
    use and apply a word
  • Inability to follow conversations, especially
    within a group of people, because their attention
    span becomes so short
  • Constantly repeating a question like we learned
    in this semester, people who have a problem with
    retaining information or remembering, often times
    repeat something multiple times or say it over
    and over again

  • Alcohol abusemore than what is consider
    moderate(which is one drink a day for women, or
    two drinks a day for men).
  • Nutritional problems (accompany heavy use of
    alcohol)when key parts of your brain do not get
    the sufficent amount of nutrients

  • Mental confusion
  • Amnesia (a permanent gap in memory)
  • Apathetic
  • Inattentive
  • Easily agitated
  • Short term memory loss
  • Inability to learn
  • Ataxia
  • Slow-walking
  • Tremor-like movements
  • Paralysis
  • Senses damaged
  • Comas can occur
  • Disorientation
  • Loss of problem solving skills
  • Communication problems
  • Changes in personality
  • Paranoia
  • Angry

  • The most obvious way to prevent ARD or WKS is to
    drink in moderation, but for some people it isnt
    that easy. So for those who already suffer there
    are some things they can do to help lessen the
    harshness of the disorder.

  • Community and family support is vital.
  • Hospitilization may be required to monitor the
    body to make sure no more damage will be done
  • Thiamin Vitamin B1 may improve or lessen many
    of the symptoms the patient is suffering from,
    injections can be given, by mouth, vein or muscle
  • Well-balanced diet is key
  • Positive and uplifting people to be around.
  • Making sure the patient is in a very safe and
    healthy environment.
  • Never reprimanding or belittling
  • Patience is key to helping in the process

  • If someone you know or love, is abusing alcohol
    it is important that you get them professional
    help, because that is the only way to ensure
    their health is safe. The long-term effects are
    drastic and a lot of people are unaware of the
    seriousness that comes from heavy drinking. It
    is important that we educate those around us who
    are abusing alcohol of the consequences that may
    follow in the future.

Intervention Continued
  • All ages should be aware of the danger that comes
    from alcohol abuse. Steps you should take to
    ensure that you do the right thing include
  • Talk to them, let them know you only care for
    their future.
  • Let them know the consequences
  • Seek professional help

  • In Language, Aging and Health we have learned how
    certain disorders inhibit your language patterns.
    This is the case with ARD/WKS --even though it
    is not as prevalent as some other disorders, its
    damage is drastic and we must educate people to