Dementia Associated with Alcoholism

  • Gerald Goldstein


This chapter examines dementia associated with alcoholism, defined according to DSM-III1 as a substance-induced organic mental disorder. To establish the diagnosis, alcohol dependence and dementia criteria must both be met. Alcohol dependence is defined as “either a pattern of pathological alcohol use or impairment in social or occupational functioning due to alcohol use” (page 171) accompanied by either tolerance or withdrawal. The criteria for a dementia diagnosis include a significant decline in intellectual abilities in conjunction with cognitive impairments, particularly of memory. Dementia associated with alcoholism occurs after the long-term and heavy use of alcohol. To be diagnosed, the disorder must persist for at least 3 weeks after the cessation of drinking and all other potential causes of the dementia have been ruled out.


Chronic Alcoholic Intellectual Function Alcoholic Dementia Clinical Neuropsychology Dementia Associate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerald Goldstein
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and Highland Drive Veterans Administration HospitalPittsburghUSA

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