Dementia in young people

September 11, 2014 11:20 am

It was reported today that the number of cases of dementia in younger people is double what we originally thought; approximately 42,000.

Dementia is thought of as an illness that people get at the end of life in their 80’s and 90’s, but it is now apparent that there are currently thousands of people under 40 suffering with early onset dementia. Age 40 seems about half way to me, still plenty of life to live, lots of experiences to be had, places to see and people to meet. But what if by the time you’re 45 you can no longer meet people and remember their name the next day? Or everywhere seems a new place because you can no longer recall ever being there?


What is an alarming statistic connected to early onset dementia is around 10% of these cases are alcohol related. It is entirely possible to drink your memory away permanently. I won’t deny that not being able to recall a few drunken memories from my youth is not entirely problematic, but having it literally wiped away without choice is a frightening idea to me.

Alcohol related dementia is called Korsakoff’s, symptoms of which include confusion, poor balance, and memory loss. It affects approximately 12% of dependant drinkers and in the early stages can be treated with thiamine injections, though recovery is far from guaranteed and once the damage is too severe on the brain, it is irreversible.

Experts recommend we drink no more than 2-3 units for women and 3-4 units for men a day, with a few days off altogether.  If you want support and don’t want to let drink consume you then contact us and we will support you in cutting down or stopping, because in my opinion not recognising your mum, or not remembering how to drive or what your child’s name is seems a high price to pay just for a drink?

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