Does Alcohol Cause Parkinson's Disease?

No, alcohol is not a known cause of Parkinson’s disease. However, alcohol can cause issues with balance due to its effect on the nervous system. While alcohol does not cause cellular degeneration, it can affect brain function by damaging the cerebellum, a region of the brain responsible for coordination and balance.

Even though the consumption of alcohol produces side effects that resemble Parkinson’s disease, they are distinct conditions with different underlying causes. Parkinson's disease involves specific neurological changes and is characterized by a range of motor and non-motor symptoms beyond just coordination problems.

You may consult with your Synapticure Neurologist if you are experiencing symptoms of Parkinson’s and are curious how your alcohol usage may be affecting the symptoms you are experiencing.

Synapticure’s multidisciplinary team has been helping those living with Parkinson’s for decades and comprises expert movement disorders specialists, neurologists, psychiatrists, neuropsychologists, social workers, nurses, and more. We can help facilitate diagnosis and our experts provide you with a personalized care plan to fit your unique journey with Parkinson’s that includes access to genetic testing and counseling, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language therapy, mental health support, clinical trials, and investigational therapies.

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