Korsakoff's Syndrome Essay

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When the body becomes exposed to chronic exposure to alcohol the body will adapt to changes thus causing different responses to it. A person that drinks alcohol all the time will build up a tolerance to alcohol and will not get the effect as a person that drinks once and while or rarely drinks. The brain will start to develop a pathological craving for alcohol, longer the chronic drinker uses alcohol the stronger the desires become to fulfill them. If the body does not get the desired fix of alcohol once it becomes addicted to it, individuals will develop side effect from lack of alcohol. Some of these side effects are anxiety, elevated heart beat, overwhelming feeling of restlessness and sweating (NEUROSCIENCE: PATHWAYS TO ALCOHOL DEPENDENCE, …show more content…
The long-term effect of drinking can cause Korsakoff syndrome, which is the deficiency of thiamine (Oudman, E. 2014). The Korsakoff s syndrome is also known for its effect on the brain’s memory, individuals with this syndrome do have anterograde amnesia, and they cannot store new information to memory. The deficiency in the body because of the chronic misuse of alcohol has done damage to the diencephalon part of the brain. This brain cells are killed in areas of the diencephalon, thalamus and hypothalamus parts of the brain. Patients that have Korsakoff also have a cortical atrophy that the outer layers of the brain are wasting away. The Wernicke and Korsakoff Syndrome are commonly misdiagnosed because the signs of patients that suffer with it are often associated with other conditions. The symptoms of Wernicke & Korsakoff Syndrome is a confusion, loss of muscle coordination, problems with vision, memory problems inability to remember new memories, fabrication of events, loss of memory (Sullivan, E. V., & Fama, R. 2012). The lack of treatment will cause the steady progression of the syndrome to the point of life threating. It would better to start treatment before it gets too bad, the treatment consist of taking injects or taking of vitamin B1 into the body orally. In article Clinical signs in the Wernicke-Korsakoff complex: a retrospective analysis of 131 cases diagnose at …show more content…
The cravings for individuals that are chronic alcoholic users can be psychological.
These cravings can control the behavior patterns of individual to fulfill desire that the brain has for the alcohol dependence. Some of the symptoms of withdraw of alcohol can have stress induced pressure, high blood pressure, cardiovascular and salivary cortisol levels increase.
Research has made a connection between stress and alcohol how it is processed in the brain; they appear to overlap in this part of the brain circuit. The psychobiological nonsocial state effects emotional behaviors, causes complications with cardiovascular, and levels of cortisol in the body. For example when and individual suffers from a stress due to withdraw of alcohol from their system. It can cause elevated blood pressure, cardio problems and anxiety as a result for the desire created by the brain (Oscar-Berman, M., & Marinkovic, K., 2007). In current research method are using neuropsychological observation and comparing brain scans to monitor and determine patients that have abstained from use of alcohol for periods. While Clinicians are continuing their research for predictors, that can lead to the cause of relapse of the patient through use of

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