The Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome in Queensland, Australia: Antecedents and prevention

Price J. (1985) The Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome in Queensland, Australia: Antecedents and prevention. Alcohol and Alcoholism, 20 2: 233-242.

Author Price J.
Title The Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome in Queensland, Australia: Antecedents and prevention
Journal name Alcohol and Alcoholism   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0735-0414
Publication date 1985-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 20
Issue 2
Start page 233
End page 242
Total pages 10
Language eng
Subject 2701 Medicine (miscellaneous)
2738 Psychiatry and Mental health
3005 Toxicology
Abstract The Wernicke-Korsakoff (W-K) syndrome is commonplace in Queensland, Australia. In a population of mental hospital inpatients with the W-K syndrome, males, particularly single males and widowers, and subjects who had undergone partial gastrectomy were over-represented. Some possible antecedents of the W-K syndrome are examined by focusing, not on W-K patients, but on problem drinkers. The results of a cross-national comparison of drinkers from Queensland, Australia and Merseyside, in the United Kingdom, are presented. The data support the hypothesis that Queensland drinkers are comparatively less involved with their families than Merseyside drinkers. This parallels a social perspective which regards allegiance to a male drinking group as very important in confirming social solidarity and 'mateship' in Australia. Such groups attach no importance to eating, setting the stage for dietary neglect and thiamine deficiency of which the W-K syndrome may be the end result. The fortification of alcoholic beverages with thiamine in Queensland has been previously proposed and attracted much local publicity. It seems possible that this publicity may have contributed to an increased awareness by heavy drinkers in Queensland of the need for supplementary B vitamins. However, this awareness is not so complete as to rule out the need for futher measures aimed at reducing the incidence of the W-K syndrome in that state.
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