Can Alcoholism Mimic Parkinson’s?

Can Alcoholism Mimic Parkinson’s?

It’s a little-known fact that alcoholism can sometimes lead to neurological problems that mimic those seen in Parkinson’s disease.

Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that typically affects movement and coordination. Early symptoms of the disease include tremor, rigidity, and slowness of movement.

Alcoholism, on the other hand, is a chronic disease characterized by the excessive consumption of alcohol. People with this disorder often have problems with impulse control and may display changes in their behavior.

Although the two diseases share some common symptoms, they are quite different. Parkinson’s disease is caused by the death of nerve cells in the brain, while alcoholism is caused by the repeated use of alcohol.

That said, alcoholism can lead to neurological problems that mimic those seen in Parkinson’s disease. These problems are usually seen in people who have been drinking excessively for many years.

If you or someone you know has symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, it’s important to see a doctor for a proper diagnosis. If you think you or someone you know may be struggling with alcoholism, please seek help from a medical or mental health professional.

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Robert Gerchalk

Robert is our health care professional reviewer of this website. He worked for many years in mental health and substance abuse facilities in Florida, as well as in home health (medical and psychiatric), and took care of people with medical and addictions problems at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. He has a nursing and business/technology degrees from The Johns Hopkins University.

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