Amnesia, or memory failure, is a widely known sign of alcoholic illness.
From a certain period of alcoholic illness, the poisoned brain begins to fail and cannot fully perform the most important functions. Tablets for memory, which can be bought in pharmacies, as well as preparations like Modafinil, will not help in this case.
First, individual episodes are “erased” from memory – these are the so-called palimpsests. A person can’t remember what he or she did for a short period of time, usually after large doses of alcohol, sometimes just before bedtime. Subsequently, the dose of alcohol causing palimpsests progressively decreases, and the duration of amnesized (forgotten) periods increases. Until finally, memory failures occur – amnesia, when a person forgets what he or she did for a long, sometimes up to several hours, period. All this time the alcoholic person can keep activity, perform any actions, sometimes even perform quite a difficult job, and then everything is simply forgotten, and he or she learns about his or her actions from someone else.
Amnesia, especially in combination with uncontrolled behavior, gives the drinking person a lot of trouble and problems. It’s good if there are no signs of beating, the clothes are not spoiled and all the valuables are in place. But it also happens in another way: the alcoholic, having woken up in the morning, sees a broken, swollen face in the mirror, finds dirty ragged clothes scattered all over the apartment and notes bitterly that not a penny left from a large sum of money that he or she had yesterday.
There is another defensive reaction: a person categorically does not believe the stories of others and accuses them of slander. Sometimes this situation, from the point of view of mental health, looks rather absurd. The more often such episodes occur, the more embittered the patient reacts to all attempts to call him or her to a real assessment of the problem.
In some cases, the appearance of memory failures, on the contrary, is the last straw that makes the alcoholic think about the quickest solution to the problem. A person in this state often makes very rash acts, can get into a dangerous situation, get seriously injured and even do not remember how this happened. Even if this does not happen, there is still a sense of wasted time, as long periods of life simply cease to exist.
On the other hand, memory problems can occur in people who do not have an alcoholic illness, sometimes literally after the first meeting with alcohol. Even people with no signs of addiction can complain of inappropriate behavior in intoxication, sometimes even after moderate doses of alcoholic beverages, followed by amnesia. Such a reaction to alcohol often occurs in people who have once suffered craniocerebral trauma, severe infectious diseases, neuro infectious and some other diseases in which the brain was involved in the pathological process. Despite the absence of signs of alcoholism, the prognosis in such cases is very negative, since the symptoms of the disease and various complications can occur very quickly.