Reversability of Alcohol-Induced Dementia
There is demonstrated gradual improvement of cognitive ability with prolonged abstinence. However, in an apparently clinically healthy population of abstinent alcohol-dependent subjects, deficient verbal and nonverbal abstraction, along with altered visuo-motor coordination, learning, and memory have been reported to persist despite prolonged periods of abstinence. Such deficits in executive functioning, learning, and concentration may to lead to poor treatment outcomes even in alcohol-dependent individuals who appear to be healthy and wish to limit their drinking.
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