Effects Of Alcohol Consumption Related To Alzheimer's, Memory Loss, And Dementia

by Melrose Gardens

Why it’s important to be open with caregivers at assisted living facilities when discussing alcohol use.

Dementia is a clinical condition described by a progressive weakening in psychological capacity and the limit with regards to free-living and working. Dementia influences memory, thinking, conduct, and the capacity to perform regular exercises, and is a main source of inability in senior residents. Around the world, Alzheimer’s influences 5 to 7% of individuals above 65 years of age. Extreme alcohol consumption is the main danger factor for a few persistent sicknesses and mortality. Alcohol can increase the risks for Alzheimer’s resulting in cognitive impairments, memory loss, trouble communicating and handling complex tasks, alteration of motor functions, disorientation, personality changes, inappropriate behavior, agitations, and restlessness. However, moderate alcohol consumption has been indicated to bring down the danger of dementia.

WHAT DOES THE RESEARCH SAY ABOUT ALCOHOL AND DEMENTIA?

Multiple research studies were scrutinized to review the linkage of alcohol consumption with Alzheimer’s by the Alzheimer’s disease International and the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

These reviews found that people who drank intensely or were involved in binge drinking (where an individual devours an enormous amount of liquor in a brief time frame period)- were more prone to the development of Alzheimer's illness or some other type of dementia than the individuals who occupied with moderate alcohol utilization.

Effects of alcohol consumption related to Alzheimer's

ALCOHOL-RELATED DEMENTIA SYMPTOMS:

If your elder one is unexpectedly encountering intellectual and social changes like memory issues, disarray, hindered judgment, or improper inclinations, or issues with arranging and other everyday tasks, you might be concerned they have Alzheimer’s illness or another type of dementia. While most normal types of dementia are irreversible and their causes are not altogether perceived, there are a few special cases. If your elder one is on an extreme measure of alcohol over a prolonged duration, they might be giving indications of alcohol-related dementia. The manifestations of alcohol-related dementia rely upon the kind of dementia an individual has. However, many people know about Alzheimer's, there are many kinds of dementia. Some of the symptoms of alcohol-related dementia may include:

  • Personality changes
  • Trouble solving complex tasks
  • Memory loss
  • Cognitive deficit
  • Poor-decision making ability
  • Difficulty planning or organizing things
  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Agitations
  • Trouble in communication
  • Difficulty with navigation
  • Wernicke encephalopathy
  • Korsakoff syndrome

TIPS FOR MANAGING DEMENTIA AND ALCOHOL ABUSE:

Persons with dementia don’t usually remember the amount of alcohol they consumed which makes it difficult to manage the alcoholism. All things considered, the long-term abuse of alcohol can be troublesome to change quickly or completely. Quitting heavy alcohol consumption is the best solution to greatly diminish the risks of developing Alzheimer’s at a later age. To decrease symptoms and behavior changes associated with dementia related to alcohol consumption, we have some tips for managing dementia and alcohol abuse.

  • Remove all the alcohol from your belongings
  • Substitute nonalcoholic wine or beer
  • Behavior therapy for emotional management
  • Family counseling
  • Therapeutic medical care to manage the symptoms of alcoholism
  • Caregiver support in dementia management
  • Finding out the cause of alcohol abuse and solve it
  • Rehabilitation in a dementia  Alzheimer’s Care center can be rather beneficial

Tips for Managing Alcohol Abuse

CONCLUSIONS:

Finding an assisted living facility that understands the potential negative effects of alcohol on their residents and loved ones can be difficult. We at Melrose Gardens take all possible contributing factors relating to memory decline, dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Excessive alcohol consumption over a prolonged duration can prompt brain damage and may increase your danger of developing dementia. Although, it is proved medically that excessive alcohol consumption is linked with the increase in risks of developing dementia, epidemiological studies have not supported this hypothesis. Please feel free to be open with our compassionate caregivers at Melrose Gardens assisted living and memory care residence. Don't hesitate to contact us at Melrose Gardens with any and all concerns you'd like to discuss confidentiality and arrange a visit. Until next time, be well.

REFERENCES:

[1] https://www.webmd.com/connect-to-care/addiction-treatment-recovery/alcohol/alcohol-and-dementia
[2] https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/about-dementia/risk-factors-and-prevention/alcohol
[3] https://dailycaring.com/6-tips-for-managing-dementia-and-alcohol-abuse/
[4] https://www.elmcroft.com/blog/2020/november/alcohol-induced-dementia-symptoms-and-treatment/

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