What is Korsakoffs Syndrome?
Korsakoff’s Syndrome is a severe memory disorder that is associated with excessive, long-term alcohol misuse resulting in the loss of specific brain functions due to the lack of vitamin B1 or thiamine. Korsakoff’s syndrome is included under the umbrella term Alcohol Related Brain Damage.
Korsakoff’s syndrome presents as the end-stage development of a disorder known as Wernicke’s encephalopathy. In 1881 Karl Wernicke a neurologist and psychiatrist in Germany, noticed three key symptoms in patients suffering with alcoholism:
– Mental Confusion
– Eye Movement Disorders
– Ataxia – uncoordinated movements