Confirming evidence of an effective treatment for brain dysfunction in alcoholic patients

J Nerv Ment Dis. 1982 May;170(5):275-8. doi: 10.1097/00005053-198205000-00004.


In earlier studies we found that cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES) was associated with significant improvement in several areas of brain dysfunction commonly found in alcoholic persons. In this study we compared the effects of CES among treatment and control groups on each of the six subscales of the Revised Beta Examination (Lindner, R. M., and Curvitz, M. Revised Beta Examination, Psychological Corp., New York, 1957) and found CES related to significant improvement on the two subscales which are below the norms in alcoholic patients and which have been correlated with other measures of brain dysfunction. It is concluded that CES can be an important therapeutic strategy in reducing to weeks the time required for recovery of several reversible brain dysfunctions in alcoholic persons which usually require months or years of abstinence.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Alcohol Amnestic Disorder / psychology
  • Alcohol Amnestic Disorder / rehabilitation*
  • Alcoholism / psychology
  • Alcoholism / rehabilitation*
  • Electric Stimulation / methods*
  • Humans
  • Intelligence / drug effects
  • Male
  • Mental Recall / drug effects