Wernicke–Korsakoff syndrome: The hidden dementia in HIV? A case study

Shaun Watson
Clinical Nurse Specialist (HIV Community)

Many of us will have some experience of caring for people with HIV who have issues with alcohol. Whether it’s just noting alcohol use as a routine part of an initial assessment, or noting those who drink socially to those who feel they binge drink, or who have a recognised alcohol addiction, or who may have developed alcohol-related health issues such as chronic liver disease, chronic pancreatitis or alcohol-related dementias such as Wernicke–Korsakoff syndrome. For some living with HIV, alcohol use may go hand in hand with recreational or street drug use, poverty, anxiety and/or mental health issues. This article will look at the development of Wernicke–Korsakoff syndrome. Read more. . .