What are possible complications of alcoholism?

Updated: Nov 27, 2018
  • Author: Warren Thompson, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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Complications of alcoholism manifest as follows:

  • Wernicke encephalopathy: Ataxia, ophthalmoplegia (usually lateral gaze palsy), and confusion

  • Korsakoff syndrome: Anterograde and retrograde amnesia, often with confabulation and preceded by Wernicke encephalopathy

  • Hepatic encephalopathy: Asterixis and confusion

See Clinical Presentation for more detail.


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