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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
Child Psychiatry 35 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.
Dr. Eric Levin
Dr. Eric Levin commented
Psychiatry 41 years experience
There are many good references e.g. EpocratesOnLine,WebMD, etc. that covers the topic well.
Jul 9, 2013

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