Re: Meningitis and alcoholism?
Alcoholics have lazy leukocytes, they may not fight off infection as well.
Also, if the person is truly addicted to alcohol, cold-turkey withdrawl can be life-threatening all by itself. I saw a guy who had a seizure so bad he broke a bunch of teeth. There are medications to ease withdrawl, but the doctors have to know.
Tell the doctors. They are required by law to maintain confidentiality.