Alkohol und das gehirn - Morphologische und funktionelle hirnveränderungen

Translated title of the contribution: Structural and functional effects of chronic alcohol abuse on the brain

Th E. Schläpfer

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Abstract

It has been established long ago through autopsy studies that chronic alcohol consumption may lead to severe organic brain damage in about 10% of the patients. The recent rapid development of novel tools for structural and functional brain imaging has enabled researchers to expand upon this early knowledge. Some of these newer studies have demonstrated that chronic alcohol consumption causes cortical volume loss, which is partly reversible with abstinence. Less known but of utmost clinical relevance are non-organic neurocognitive dysfunctions, which have only been described recently. Functional studies revealed that alcohol may lead to patterns of reduced activity in brain activation which correlate with the atrophy and take months to years to recover.

Translated title of the contributionStructural and functional effects of chronic alcohol abuse on the brain
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)191-195
Number of pages5
JournalTherapeutische Umschau
Volume57
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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