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Chronic Alcoholic

Did you know that…..

it is typical of the chronic alcoholic that he neglects his health, eats irregularly and inadequately, and develops avitaminosis ?

A person with chronic alcoholism typically drinks every day and has likely done so for years.

A chronic alcoholic is a person who is severely addicted to and dependent on alcohol.


(Edited by María Moya Guirao, M.D.)

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Wernicke’s Encephalopathy

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This alcoholic syndrome, described by Wernicke in 1881, is characterized by confusion, excitement and delirium.

In Wernicke’s Encephalopathy, after a period of some days, the patient (chronic alcoholic) develops diplopia ( double vision ), somnolence, clouding of consciouness, ataxia and stupor .

Because this encephalopathy is due to avitaminosis (lack of B vitamine), an intensive treatment with Thiamine and Niacine may save the patient’s life.

(Edited by María Moya Guirao, MD)

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