In DSM-II, this disorder is called Alcoholic deterioration
All varieties of chronic brain syndromes of psychotic proportion caused by alcohol and not having the characteristic features of Korsakov's psychosis are included here.
For more information, see Dementia
A. Dementia following prolonged, heavy ingestion of alcohol.
B. Dementia persisting at least three weeks after cessation of alcohol ingestion.
C. Exclusion of all other causes of Dementia, other than prolonged, heavy use of alcohol, by the history, physical examination, and laboratory tests.
- Mild: No more than mild impairment in social and occupational functioning.
- Moderate: Moderate social impairment with inability to function occupationally.
- Severe: Severe impairment of functioning with marked deterioration of personality (irritability, social inappropriateness) and inability to function independently.
Dementia Associated with Alcoholism is distinguished from Alcohol Amnestic Disorder by the presence of cognitive deficits other than in the sphere of memory alone.
Other causes of Dementia
It is distinguished from other causes of Dementia by the failure to demonstrate a specific etiology other than alcohol abuse.