Alcohol Abuse: What is Wet Brain?

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Alcohol abuse is damaging in many ways mentally, spiritually, and physically. Wet brain is a term to describe Wernicke-Kordakoff syndrome. Wet brain is linked to excessive alcohol abuse and is a severe condition.

Alcohol Abuse Causes Wet Brain

Long-term drinking brings about many negative health risks and side effects. Alcohol abuse causes a thiamine (B1) deficiency. Thiamine is needed by the body to break down and use sugars for energy. When we are not getting enough of this vital vitamin when we abuse alcohol, we get “wet brain”

Wet Brain Symptoms

Symptoms are similar to alcohol withdrawals.

  • Amnesia
  • Confusion
  • Eyelid drooping
  • Impaired short-term memory
  • Uncontrollable leg twitches and spasms

Help for Alcohol Abuse

Wet brain is deadly and this is one of the reasons it is so vital to get help as soon as possible. This condition causes permanent damage to the brain that is irreversible. The best way to get help is within a drug rehab where the patient can safely detox and progress successfully into recovery.

 ARCA provides individual, family, and group therapy. These therapies help our patients understand the root of their addiction and learn a new way of living without abusing alcohol. In detox, we deal with the withdrawals, stress and craving. Once the toxins are removed from the body, the patient is ready to commence with therapies within rehab.

  • Group Therapy – helps the patient open up and gain a network of other people who are supportive in earlt days of recovery and beyond.
  • Family Therapy – helps to rebuild broken relationships so that the individual has a strong support system post-rehab.

 Even though some of the effects of wet brain are permanent, it is beneficial to prevent further damage by getting help.

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