Re: Mom as late stage alcoholic with possible Alcoholic Induced Dementia
Dear Munchkin, I am sorry that your parents are going through this. You said your father believes your mother has alcohol-induced dementia. However, you did not say what symptoms led him to that conclusion. Running into the only other car in an otherwise empty parking lot may not have anything to do with dementia, but more about her being drunk. Ditto for a lot of other issues such as lack of alertness, confusion, and personality changes.
Certainly, without the dementia that can arise from chronic, longterm excess alcohol consumption, alcoholism by itself is rough. Has your mother been checked out recently, e.g. blood tests, especially in regard to liver and renal functions? Vitamin and other dietary deficiencies usually contribute to the progression of brain decline in alcoholics. One particularly essential vitamin, but not the only one, is thiamine.
The very unfortunate thing about alcoholism is that in order to be helped, the afflicted individual has to acknowledge the problem and want to be helped.
Last edited by Luau; 01-23-2013 at 09:35 AM.