Alcohol related dementia: Proposed clinical criteria

David Oslin, Roland M. Atkinson, David M. Smith, Hugh Hendrie

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

152 Scopus citations


Current diagnostic criteria for Alcohol Related Dementia (ARD) are based almost exclusively on clinical judgment. Moreover, there are no guidelines available to assist the clinician or the researcher in distinguishing Alcohol Related Dementia from other causes of dementia such as Alzheimer's Disease (AD). However, this distinction may have implications for the prognosis and treatment of patients. In this article, provisional diagnostic criteria for establishing a diagnosis of Alcohol Related Dementia are proposed for further study. The criteria are based on the available literature on the relationship between alcohol consumption and dementia and were modeled after existing diagnostic criteria for AD and Vascular Dementia. Validity of these criteria for distinguishing AD from ARD will require further study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)203-212
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 1998


  • Alcoholism
  • Dementia
  • Diagnosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Alcohol related dementia: Proposed clinical criteria'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this