Persistent altered mentation due to ethanol

Neurol Clin. 1993 Aug;11(3):639-61.


It has long been appreciated that the chronic abuse of alcohol may lead to a deterioration of intellect, personality, and behavior. Some of the ways in which this comes about are reasonably well established. The dementing diseases of Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome, pellagra, the nonfamilial form of hepatocerebral degeneration, Marchiafava-Bignami disease, and alcoholic dementia and their relationships to chronic alcoholism are discussed in this article.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Alcoholism / complications*
  • Alcoholism / psychology
  • Cognition Disorders / etiology*
  • Cognition Disorders / psychology
  • Humans
  • Liver Diseases, Alcoholic
  • Pellagra / etiology
  • Pellagra / psychology
  • Psychoses, Alcoholic
  • Wernicke Encephalopathy / etiology