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. . .