Korsakoff’s Syndrome

Overview

Korsakoff infographic

Korsakoff’s syndrome is caused by lack of thiamine (vitamin B1), which affects the brain and nervous system. People who drink excessive amounts of alcohol are often thiamine deficient.

Unlike dementia, Korsakoff’s syndrome does not progress over time. It can be halted if the person is given high doses of thiamine, stops drinking alcohol and adopts a healthy diet with vitamin supplements.

We've put together an Information Sheet which you can download below.

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