Alcoholic neuropathy is damage to the nerves that results from excessive drinking of alcohol.
Neuropathy - alcoholic; Alcoholic polyneuropathy
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
The cause of alcoholic neuropathy is debated. It probably includes both a direct poisoning of the nerve by the alcohol, and the effect of poor nutrition associated with alcoholism. Up to half of all long-term heavy alcohol users develop this condition.
In severe cases, the nerves that regulate internal body functions (autonomic nerves) may be involved.
Risks for alcoholic neuropathy include:
- Long-term, heavy alcohol use
Alcoholismthat is present for 10 years or more