Alcoholic Hallucinosis

Alcoholic hallucinosis is a rare complication of chronic alcohol abuse characterized by predominantly auditory hallucinations that occur either during or after a period of heavy alcohol consumption. Bleuler (1916) termed the condition as alcohol hallucinosis and differentiated it from Delirium Tremens.


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Wiki Number: W005
Diagnosis: Alcoholic Hallucinosis
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Brain Area: Dopamine & Limbic System
Symptoms: suddenly after drinking was stopped
Progression: headaches, dizziness, insomnia, auditory & visual hallucinations
Medications: benzodiazepines, chlordiasporxide, lorazepam


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  • Toxicological Analysis of Intoxications with Synthetic Cathinones
    by Ewelina Pieprzyca on September 30, 2021

    Synthetic cathinones (SCs) are currently the second largest and the second most frequently seized group of new psychoactive substances. They are sold as replacements for controlled stimulants such as amphetamine, cocaine and MDMA. Administration of low doses of SCs can cause euphoria and increased alertness, and administration of high doses or chronic use of cathinones can cause serious adverse effects, such as hallucinations, delirium, hyperthermia, and tachycardia. In the years 2013-2019 in...

  • Closed-Eye Visual Hallucinations Preceding Severe Alcohol Withdrawal
    by Saral Desai on September 15, 2021

    Few existing cases of closed-eye visual hallucinations have been reported. These rare perceptual disturbances are distinct from open-eye visual hallucinations, as observed in Charles Bonnet syndrome. This case report discusses a 35-year-old male who presented with closed-eye visual hallucinations 24 hours before severe alcohol withdrawal. On initial presentation, the patient denied auditory or visual hallucinations. The day before the onset of severe alcohol withdrawal, the patient reported...

  • Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome: Outpatient Management
    by Samuel M Tiglao on September 15, 2021

    Approximately one-half of patients with alcohol use disorder who abruptly stop or reduce their alcohol use will develop signs or symptoms of alcohol withdrawal syndrome. The syndrome is due to overactivity of the central and autonomic nervous systems, leading to tremors, insomnia, nausea and vomiting, hallucinations, anxiety, and agitation. If untreated or inadequately treated, withdrawal can progress to generalized tonic-clonic seizures, delirium tremens, and death. The three-question Alcohol...

  • Engineering Safer Psychedelics for Treating Addiction
    by Jamie Peters on August 5, 2021

    Addiction is best described as a disorder of maladaptive neuroplasticity involving the simultaneous strengthening of reward circuitry that drives compulsive drug seeking and weakening of circuits involved in executive control over harmful behaviors. Psychedelics have shown great promise for treating addiction, with many people attributing their therapeutic effects to insights gained while under the influence of the drug. However, psychedelics are also potent psychoplastogens-molecules capable of...