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Human Brain Electrophysiology and Alcoholism

  • Bernice Porjesz
  • Henri Begleiter

Abstract

Chronic alcoholism is characteristically associated with a broad spectrum of brain disturbances ranging from the severe symptoms of the Wernicke—Korsakoff syndrome1,2 to the more subtle, but nonetheless significant, cognitive disturbances characteristic of the majority of alcoholic patients. In some alcoholics the brain damage is so severe that it renders the soba00010300082individual ineffective as a meaningful member of society. Less clinically apparent forms of brain damage in alcoholics have been suspected for decades but ignored, because sensitive techniques required for their detection in vivo were unavailable. Significantly, brain dysfunction of a subclinical severity may impair the ability of affected individuals to either reduce their intake or abstain from alcohol. Moreover, by impairing social functioning, it may also account for such phenomena as “loss of control” over drinking when it occurs.

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Chronic Alcoholic Alcohol Withdrawal Brain Dysfunction Nontarget Stimulus Drinking History 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bernice Porjesz
    • 1
  • Henri Begleiter
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryState University of New York, Downstate Medical CenterBrooklynUSA

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