Woman lives with alcohol-induced dementia
Cheryl Thorson remembers well when she started drinking at age 16. But she can’t remember what happened 10 minutes ago.
Thorson, 54, of Wausau drank for 27 years after she started in high school, and before she quit, “it was nothing for me to go into a tavern and drink a bottle of rum,” Thorson said. “I enjoyed it. It was good.”
She was what counsellors would call a “functional alcoholic.” She held down good jobs and eventually became a business owner. She said she never got in a serious car crash because of her drinking and never got pulled over for drunken driving.
Consequences came later in the form of alcohol-induced dementia, a disease that has devastated her mind.
Editors note; This condition looks very similar to Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome
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