Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2011 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Alcoholic Brain Syndrome

  • Glenn S. Ashkanazi
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-79948-3_2049


Short Description or Definition

“Alcoholic brain syndrome” is a collection of several syndromes associated with the acute or chronic use of alcohol, resulting in significant impairment on normal brain functioning (APA Dictionary of Psychology, 2007).


As mentioned in the definition, alcoholic brain syndrome encompasses several syndromes.
  1. 1.

    Alcohol withdrawal delirium: A reversible condition that develops after cessation of chronic, extreme alcohol intake. Symptoms include disturbed consciousness (e.g., disruption in attention/concentration), disruption in memory, orientation, and language beyond what would be expected from typical alcohol withdrawal.

  2. 2.

    Alcohol-induced persisting dementia: A chronic condition that includes multiple cognitive deficits as a result of prolonged alcohol abuse. Cognitive areas generally impaired include memory,...

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References and Readings

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Glenn S. Ashkanazi
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  1. 1.Department of Clinical and Health PsychologyUniversity of Florida-College of Public Health and Health ProfessionsGainesvilleUSA