Street term for cerebral edema brought on by excessive drinking. Often occurs in aged alcoholics. The condition is caused by excess of fluid--either intracellular or extracellular--sloshing about in the victim's skull. As there is nowhere for the fluid to go, it exerts pressure on the cerebral cortex and/or interacts with the cells of the brain in various ways. Symptoms vary, but in old drunks, this generally causes a state of permanent apparent drunkenness--perhaps the brain responding to the intrusion in its most comfortable pattern.

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