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Alcoholic Neuropathy

Alcoholic neuropathy is damage to the nerves that results from excessive drinking of alcohol.
Causes
The exact cause of alcoholic neuropathy is unknown. It likely includes both a direct poisoning of the nerve by the alcohol and the effect of poor nutrition associated with alcoholism. Up to half of long-term heavy alcohol users develop this condition.In severe cases, nerves that regulate internal body functions (autonomic nerves) may be involved.Risks of alcoholic neuropathy include:
  • Long-term, heavy alcohol use
  • Alcoholism that is present for 10 years or more
Symptoms
  • Symptoms of this condition include any of the following:Changes in muscle strength or sensation usually occur on both sides of the body and are more common in the legs than in the arms. Symptoms usually develop gradually and become worse over time.

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