What you're trying to protect against really for your patient
is something called Wernicke's encephalopathy or Korsakoff's syndrome.
These are very serious and a few of the signs of them are as follows.
Can you guess which one includes ocular abnormalities?
Right, that's actually Wernicke's. And how about anterograde amnesia?
Well, that can be seen in Korsakoff's syndrome which is a very serious syndrome
that can occur after alcohol withdrawal and chronic use.
Impaired recent memory can occur with Korsakoff's, and confusion
can be a sign of Wernicke's encephalopathy.
Confabulation or making-up answers to questions is seen in Korsakoff's and ataxia
or trouble walking in a straight line or having gait stability is seen in Wernicke's encephalopathy.
So now you know a little bit about alcohol and its common presentation in terms of intoxication
and withdrawal and a little bit about how to treat it.
We'll talk about other substances coming up.