One hundred male alcoholics from an inpatient treatment unit were examined by computerized axial tomography. All were without clinically overt signs of brain damage. Fifty age-matched normal volunteers were used for comparison. Radiological indices differed markedly between the two groups, reflecting a high incidence of cortical shrinkage and ventricular dilatation among the alcoholics. Clinicoradiological correlations are discussed and the results of follow-up with rescanning are reported. Abstinence appeared to be strongly related to slow partial resolution of the CT scan changes.

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