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Does alcohol cause memory loss?

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Asked: 2018-02-21 15:08:37
I hope that you can help me gather some much needed information. I'm looking for some answers regarding alcohol and memory loss. A friend is going through alcohol withdrawal and he keeps forgetting who he is and where he is. Is this memory loss caused by alcohol abuse and is it usually something that lasts for a while?


Answered: 2018-03-06 23:51:43

It does, numerous studies have shown. Not complete and utter memory loss, but if youre wondering how does alcohol affect the brain then one of the things it does is affect the prospective memory, which is short term memory. This is why even social drinkers have blackouts. One study showed that 35% of men had experienced at least one blackout in the previous year. So, if you drink and get drunk regularly, this becomes something common to you. Scientists are working on ways to reverse this, but it does put people at risk.


Answered: 2018-02-26 12:08:31

Almost certainly. If youve ever had a heavy night, its often difficult to remember the exact details the next day. So, if you are drinking to excess on a regular basis, little details begin to slip, like forgetting the keys to the car or missing your best friends birthday.


Answered: 2018-03-03 03:06:27

The alcoholic brain is simply obsessed with where the next drink is coming from, so little things arent important. Its very common for people who drink heavily to forget things; it definitely impairs your short-term memory. It affects the part of your brain that handles memory.


Answered: 2018-03-16 22:09:59

Even one period of binge drinking can affect memory loss, but just of the events of that night. Alcohol does affect memory loss and if you are an alcoholic, then you are at risk of developing wet brain, which although rare, can result in severe memory loss and the inability to form new memories. Its characterized by drowsiness, confusion and paralysis of eye movements. It can be reversed if caught early, but it can also be fatal so if you notice these symptoms in yourself or someone else who has problems with alcohol, it is vital to get help from someone medically qualified immediately.


Answered: 2018-02-21 20:26:28

After he is detoxed from the alcohol his memory should return to him. Alcohol can cause cognitive issue including effects like memory loss but your buddy should be fine.


Answered: 2018-02-21 18:56:09

While going through severe alcohol withdrawal people often experience hallucinations as well as delirium which can explain the memory loss. I hope that your friend is getting detoxed properly.

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