Alcoholism is linked to dementia. I think alcoholism can cause a type of dementia. And it is not uncommon for alcoholics to eat badly too. A lack of a good diet can be an exacerbating factor.
Then there are the bloody pills. It seems that if you are alcoholic you might also be depressed and if depressed you might lean on pills more than others. Prozac comes to mind and anti-depressants such as amitriptyline (help sleep and other things).
OK lots of pills and booze cannot be good for the brain or the body. Jane ingests all this stuff and she is beginning to pay the price it seems to me and it is very worrying for us both.
Although I am not completely sure, it seems that Jane is suffering from at least memory loss but it may go wider than that. There may be cognitive loss too or even dementia.
This may in part or in whole be due to a recent botched operation (long time under anesthetic).
I think it is a combination of all these things. It is motivating Jane to stop binge drinking - a great silver lining. But Jane is worried and it affects work.
You can't ingest poisons for years (pills and alcohol) that affect your brain function and not have some negative consequences. I hope anyone reading this who is alcoholic realises that. You will suffer brain damage eventually. Do you want that? Do you care about that?
Photo: Dark Alcoholism by Bousure (Flickr)