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Which mental illnesses can long-term alcohol abuse cause or increase the risk of?

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Dr. Kevin Passer
36 years experience
Memory problems: Long term alcohol abuse can cause something called amnestic syndrome as part of a condition called wernicke-korsokoff syndrome. With such a condition, a person's short term memory is greatly diminished and in severe cases, non-existent. One can imagine the problems not being able to remember any new information can cause. An individual with such a problem can forget all new information.
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Dr. Eric Levin
Dr. Eric Levin commented
Psychiatry 42 years experience
There are many good references e.g. EpocratesOnLine,WebMD, etc. that covers the topic well.
Jul 9, 2013

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