Journal article

Is there more than one neuropsychological disorder commonly associated with alcohol dependence?

SC Bowden

Drug and Alcohol Review | Published : 1992


There are two popular neuropsychological entities commonly attributed to the effects of alcohol dependence: the well-known Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome, and the putative alcoholic encephalopathy. Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome is a highly variable neurological and neuropsychological disorder, which is frequently missed or misdiagnosed on clinical examination. The available prevalence figures suggest that Wernicke-Korsakoff neuropathology probably occurs with a high incidence in hospitalized alcohol-dependent people. Thus, Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome confounds clinical descriptions of the alcoholic encephalopathy and may account for most cases presumed to suffer from the latter disorder. Even if ..

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