Wet Brain Syndrome: Alcoholics Beware!




The brain is the most complex organ in the whole of the human body. A human brain can work better than any technically advanced device. The neuron system of the brain is so perfectly organized, making it most complex thing ever, complex than our galaxy. Yes, you heard it right. Physicist Roger Penrose calls galaxy “an inert lump when compared to the complexity of the brain.” Most brain related diseases are very hard to trace and cure and Wet brain syndrome is one of them.

What is Wet brain syndrome?

The wet brain syndrome also known as Wernicke–Korsakoff syndrome gets the name from the combination of two different conditions, the Wernicke syndrome and Korsakoff syndrome. There exists a very close relationship between these syndromes and are caused due to a deficiency in Vitamin B1. People who are alcoholic are most prone to this disease. Almost 20 % of the cases are diagnosed before death, and 75% of them are left with permanent brain damage.

While Wernicke’s syndrome is a result of the triple disorder including ocular disturbances, mental instability and unsteady employment of limbs, Korsakoff’s syndrome is due to memory impairment. Anterograde or Retrograde amnesia is one of the criteria for diagnosing the syndrome will show signs of inability to comprehend motor actions, inability to process sensory information or the inability to formulate language to due to damage in a specific region of the brain.

It must also be known that a sudden induction of glucose into an alcoholic person who suffers malnutrition, can cause the development of this condition. Often various brain related therapies are used to improve the victims of this syndrome, however, in most cases, the damages are permanent and irreversible.

Symptoms of the wet brain:

  • Problems with muscular coordination, a wobbly gait are the primary symptoms of the Wet brain condition.
  • Hallucination and remembering incidents that never happened in the past and imagining themselves in situations that are unlikely to happen can be indications of wet brain.
  • A person with this conditions might suffer visual impairments and might temporarily lose memory.
  • A person with this deficiency will suffer from the inability to form new memories. The will find it hard to remember things of the recent past resulting in depression and unstable mental state.

Prevention and Treatment

Though total recovery from this condition in not a possibility, prolonging the life of the victim is possible by changing their diet pattern and avoiding alcohol. Malnourished drinkers can take precautionary steps by taking food rich in Vitamin B1.