Alcoholism can cause tremors similar to Parkinson's disease. For alcoholics the development of a tremor is due to damage to the part of the brain that coordinates movement. This sometimes leads to poorly controlled movement and a chronic tremor.
In Parkinson's Disease the major symptom is a tremor, which is caused by damage to the brain as well. This time it is damage to the brain cells producing dopamine.
In fact Jane, my partner has a tremor mainly in her right hand. I don't think this is caused by her alcoholism. However, when she comes off a binge it can be so bad that she not only hyperventilates, she also panics and has hallucinations that are so real she cries out. She has on occasion had a fit, although I have not seen this.
When she is binging she'll insist I get some more Vodka if it has run out (it always will). If I don't comply she will say that she'll have a fit if she doesn't get more booze quickly (meaning an epileptic type fit). That, or she will go and buy it herself, which means walking out into the street looking like a tramp, totally pissed out of her mind. No dignity or self respect at all. And very dangerous for her - so I go and buy some.
Alcohol does a lot of hidden damage to the body including the brain. If is almost invisible sometimes as the damage is slow, but it is happening. Jane says she has a decent degree from a reasonable university but she is (sorry to say this) stupid most of the time and I wonder if the booze has done that to her. She simply cannot think a thing through. Man, that booze breaks you down eventually.
After all she has been an alcoholic for about 25 years. Oh, she also has the beginnings of arthritis and is not in that good a health. She's in her early 50s.
Anyway today wasn't too bad for Jane. She went to AA in the evening so it's another day survived without starting a binge. She may be having the odd secret drink at the moment (and declaring to me proudly. "at least I'm not drinking")....but she is not doing the heavy stuff and taking to the bed so that is a result.
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