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A 23-year-old male asked:

Memory. i tend to forget things easier in the last month. either long and short term. i think it's due to my moderate alcohol abuse. i've quit already, will i regain it or is it lost forever?

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Dr. Robert Grieco
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Check b12: Abstinence from alcohol will definitely improve your memory and focus but it may take months. Alcohol abuse can cause significant nutritional and vitamin deficiencies. Have your doctor do bloodwork such as B12 levels and start taking a good multivitamin and eat a varied diet. Do mind games, exercise and laugh. Also find out if you have sleep apnea and treat it. You will be surprised at how resilient to mind is when it is given a chance to recover.
Dr. Brian Lynch
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Memory Loss: You should be fine, give it some time. The life problems of distress might be the cause but stopping the drinking is primary.
Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 58 years experience
Memory: You may be stopping just in time your memory may improve if you stop drinking now.

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