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Old 10-27-2010, 03:10 PM
 
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Recently I learned that people who drink a lot of alcohol can fall victim to something called 'wet brain,' which apparently means their brain has been soaked in alcohol and it cannot work.

My questions are: Is this a real phenomenon or a myth?

How would that work, exactly? I mean, alcohol goes down your esophagus into your stomach, right? I understand that there may be chemicals or enzymes in alcohol that travel to the brain through the nervous system, but the alcohol itself gets up there and wets the brain?? Weird, but kind of interesting!
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Old 10-27-2010, 04:34 PM
 
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I'd never heard of this, so did a Google search and lo and behold, it's an actual syndrome/disease caused by long-term alcohol abuse. Here's a link to learn more:

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Old 10-27-2010, 04:44 PM
 
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Recently I learned that people who drink a lot of alcohol can fall victim to something called 'wet brain,' which apparently means their brain has been soaked in alcohol and it cannot work.

My questions are: Is this a real phenomenon or a myth?

How would that work, exactly? I mean, alcohol goes down your esophagus into your stomach, right? I understand that there may be chemicals or enzymes in alcohol that travel to the brain through the nervous system, but the alcohol itself gets up there and wets the brain?? Weird, but kind of interesting!
There is such an entity as "wet brain"

But it has nothing to do with the "brain soaking in alcohol"...that just doesn't happen

It happens secondary to alcoholism due to thiamine deficiency
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