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What is Alcoholic Wet Brain?

by | Stop Drinking Alcohol | 5 comments

Today, I just want to do a quick video on wet brain.

What is alcoholic wet brain?

We often hear this being talked about in the forums and wherever there are people looking for information about how to quit drinking, or about alcoholism in general.

They want to know information about this so I’m going to do this video.

What is alcoholic wet brain?

They are basically a combination of two different disorders.

The first one is Wernicke’s encephalopathy and the second one is Korsakoff’s psychosis.

These two can occur together or separately.

They result from a deficiency of vitamin B1, Thiamine.

A lot of the time, people who drink a lot can be short on this.

The more alcohol you drink, the more your body will get to a stage where it can’t absorb the vitamin B1 so you can be deficient in that way.

The more alcohol you put into your body, the less likely you are to give a shit about your health, give a shit about what you’re putting into your mouth.

I’m speaking from experience here.

All the drinkers I’ve ever known who go out and get plastered, the last thing they think about is ‘’will I have to cook a healthy meal?’’

Maybe the next day or the day after when their hangovers wore off but not in the moment and certainly not while they’re drinking.

It’s always convenience over quality.

That’s where it comes from, basically.

The deficiency of vitamin B1.

Either you’re not getting it anymore into your diet or your body is not capable of absorbing Thiamine.

They call it alcoholic wet brain but in reality, you don’t have to be a drinker to get this.

It’s not exclusive for heavy drinkers.

People who are just not taking it enough in their diet can get this.

It’s a long-term condition but it happens very quickly.

This is a brain condition.

Once you get wet brain syndrome, regardless of what it’s caused by, it’s irreversible.

You can’t do anything about it. It’s part of what’s known as alcoholic dementia.

They reckon that between 10 and 24% of all dementias are caused by alcohol.

That’s another figure that is staggering, and yet we still don’t call this fucking thing a drug.

‘Oh no it’s just a beverage. It’s only if you keep drinking loads of it that you do any damage’, that’s what the experts say.

The experts are quick to point out that -if I say it’s a poison, it’s a toxin for your system, they’ll say ‘so is war! War is toxic for your system.

If you drink too much war, you can kill yourself’.

And you can as well.

But that’s not the fucking point.

I’ve tried this before, I’ve gone out with my friends when I stopped drinking.

I stopped drinking and I carried on going to the pub, and decided that all I was going to do all night was drink water.

Apart from the boredom factor – I was bored out of my brain by not drinking, by the belch that was coming out of my friends’ gobs when they were drunk-, that wasn’t very sensible to me, but I tried to stick it out.

But I couldn’t drink the water.

These lads were downing pint after pint, which is exactly what I did when I was still drinking, and I could maybe get through a pint of water for every 4 of their pints.

I just couldn’t get it down me. So, to say if you drink a lot of water, if you drink too much water then you can get poisoned by it, that’s true but you have to drink a lot of water and it’s very difficult to do that.

Water is a beverage.

Beer, wine, spirits, alcohol – that’s a drug.

The reason you can drink so much of this stuff is because a) it can act as a diuretic so it makes you want to piss more.

It turns off that survival mechanism inside your body to retain water as long as you can; and b) you need more of the drug as you go along.

So when you start drinking alcohol, you can only drink 2 or 3 pints, and it makes you vomit.

It makes the whole world go spinning around. Drink 3 pints of water and it makes you hydrated.

It’s something good for you.

Drink 3 pints of even weak beer when you’re not used to it, and it will make you sick, drunk and make you have the same symptoms as if you’re having a stroke.

Alcohol is a drug.

Alcohol will cause brain damage to you if you consistently drink it every single day.

Alcohol will make you drink more every single time that you drink.

It’s a tiny little bit more than you need, a fraction more but all those fractions add up to something big, so at the end of the day you need more of the stuff to keep you at the same level that you were.

If you consistently drink water every day, it’s good for you.

You need water.

A bit off track there but I just thought I’d put that in.

That’s why alcohol causes brain damage and water doesn’t.

I talked in the other video about 25% of deaths between the ages of 20 and 39 being caused by alcohol.

There’s another 25% of all core dementia cases – it could be a lower 10% but I’m hedging by bets, if I had to put money on it, I’d bet it’s closer to 25.

Like I said, there are a lot of deaths that happen, and they say 3 ½ million people every single year but that’s people they can directly say alcohol had a direct cause in their deaths.

What about all the other people that died of another cause but they were on the way to dying through dying from drinking too much alcohol?

What I’m saying is that when you get something like wet brain, that’s irreversible and 20% of the people who get wet brain are going to die from it.

You hear these arguments about alcohol doesn’t really damage your brain cells.

It’s all chemical balances that are inside your brain.

When you take alcohol, it’s one of the few things that pass through your blood brain barrier which is there to protect your brain not only from outside substances that you can take into your body but from shit that’s already in your body.

From any microbes that are in there that if they get into your brain, they could cause you to get brain damage.

You have a complicated system that is working to your advantage.

It seems to me that a lot of the time we are trying our best to bypass these natural security systems in ourselves to get drink.

To feel a bit like ‘’I feel weird now, isn’t that crazy!’ but all of that has a price to pay at the end of the day.

I’m going to do another video on the symptoms of wet brain because I think it’s important to people.

If someone is looking for symptoms, I don’t want them to have to go through all this bullshit.

That’s it for this video, I’ll close this one down now.

If you have any questions or comments, leave a comment down below.

Come on over to the website, you’ll find the audio for this video underneath the video on the website.

You can also get it on iTunes.

Until next time, have a great day, have a safe day, keep the alcohol out of your life and none of this shit will happen to you.

Replace the alcohol with something good, something like water and try as you can, you won’t be able to drink as much water as the beer you were drinking.


Until next time…
Onwards and Upwards!

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  1. Cathy Burghdoff

    Thank you for this. I live in fear of “wet brain” even though I didn’t understand what it is til now! I could yak on about what i thought it was, but that would serve no purpose. A vitamin 1 deficiency…..really? Geeeeesh!!!!
    Ok enough of the drama. It’s another piece of information that will make it possible to NOT put that shit in my mouth ever again…..right?…..
    I’ve been drinking heavily for 8 yrs now…….(although my heavily is extremely lightweight to other drinkers) I’ve learned that if you’re truly allergic to something, it just takes a bit to get you there!
    I could just keep babbling about this anomaly in my life, but it would serve no purpose. Finally see what wet brain really is and that maybe I can do something about it. Bless you!!

  2. Julie D

    Great video, did not know it was specifically B-1. I did know that when you drink, they say that it depletes the B vitamins, but you are very specific. Thanks! J

  3. Cindy Massis

    Thank you for all your research Kevin. I thought I knew a lot about alcohol but you certainly put it all into perspective and that’s a good thing. Your doing a great job – onwards and upwards.

  4. Pattiann

    Great info that needs to addressed it can be so easy to minimize the harms of over drinking but these are real consequences

  5. Ila W

    I have been having problems for a while. I went for a second opinion last week and he told me when he was looking at my MRI that the place he was showing me concern him. He also said its associated with alcoholics. But I don’t drink, never have. Now I am concerned why it’s showing up with me.


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