Dementia, caused by excessive or chronic alcohol consumption, affects people between the ages of 40 and 50. A brain scan reveals a shrunken frontal lobe in them. To prevent alcohol-induced brain degeneration, doctors at the charity Alzheimer’s Society have named seven signs of brain deterioration, .
Unlike Alzheimer’s disease, alcohol-related dementia can stop progressing over time. If a person with alcohol-related dementia stops drinking, a partial or complete recovery is possible. One of the first signs that alcohol is damaging the brain is that the person has difficulty focusing on a task without being distracted. The second sign is difficulty with problem solving, planning and organizing. The third is manifested by difficulty in goal-setting, judgment, and decision-making ability.
The fourth sign can be identified by a lack of motivation to perform actions. Including important ones such as eating and drinking. A fifth sign of alcohol-induced brain damage is that a person is less aware of how other people are thinking or feeling, more likely to experience emotional instability, outbursts of irritability or unresponsive behavior. The sixth sign is memory problems, from an inability to take in new information to quickly forgetting details of a conversation. Seventh is instability of mood, which can fluctuate between apathy, depression or irritability.
Alcohol is a toxin that kills nerve cells in the brain and can cause brain tissue to shrink. That is, there are fewer cells in the brain that carry the messages the brain needs to perform tasks. Drinking large amounts of alcohol regularly damages blood vessels in the brain; this can lead to high blood pressure and increase the risk of stroke. Alcohol consumption prevents the body from getting enough thiamine (vitamin B1), which is essential for normal brain function.
Earlier, psychologist Alice Metelina revealed an effective way to overcome cravings for alcohol. She advised to pay attention to the thoughts that precede the desire to drink, and listen to them.