Cognitive Impairment and Recovery From Alcoholism

Alcohol Alert # 53

About the Course:

This issue of alcohol alert describes the nature and consequences of common alcohol-associated cognitive defects, explores the extent to which some cognitive abilities recover with abstinence, and summarizes recent research on the effects of cognitive deficits on alcoholism treatment outcome.


National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Publication Date:

July 2001


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about cognitive impairment and recovery from alcoholism. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Explain the Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome.

  2. Describe the basis of cognitive impairment.

  3. Acknowledge that alcohol impairment is reversible with abstinence.

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