The First Year After Treatment: Factors Affecting Time Course Of Reversibility Of Memory and Learning Deficits in Alcoholism

  • Anne Guthrie
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 126)


Ninety-two alcoholics admitted to the Tayside Area Alcoholism Unit in East Scotland were examined on four tests of memory and learning two weeks after cessation of drinking. Sixty-two were re-examined at four weeks, forty-one at eight weeks, thirty-five at six months and thirty-two at one year after initial abstinence, although some resumed drinking. There was a significant improvement in testing results over the year following treatment, greatest in the period from four to twenty-six weeks. Improvement was most marked in the patients who remained abstinent or almost abstinent and in those not malnourished at admission.


Excessive Drinking Social Drinker Drinking Group Korsakoff Syndrome Impaired Test 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Anne Guthrie
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  1. 1.Tayside Area Alcoholism UnitSunnyside Royal Hospital MontroseScotland

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