Alcohol withdrawal means sickness that may occur when a person who has been drinking too much alcohol on a daily basis suddenly stops consuming alcohol.
Symptoms occur most often in adults. But, can occur in teenagers or children.
The high the number of times you drink regularly, the more apt you are to sustain alcohol withdrawal symptoms when you detox from abusive drinking.
certain other medical problems can make sickness worse
Any symptoms usually occur within 8 hours after the last drink, but can occur a few days later. Symptoms are usually worst by 72 hours, but may go on for weeks.
Common detox symptoms include:
- Jumpiness or shakiness
- severe Mood swings
- Not thinking clearly
- Enlarged pupils
- Insomnia (sleeping difficulty)
- body tremors
A severe form of alcohol withdrawal called advanced function can cause
- Severe confusion
Your doctor will perform a physical exam. This may reveal:
- rapid eye movements
- normal heart rhythms
- not enough fluids in the body
- fast breathing
- Rapid heart rate
- Shaky hands
Blood and urine tests, may be done in Detox Treatment or hospital visit.
How well a person does in treatment depends on the amount of liver damage and whether the patient can stop drinking completely. Alcohol withdrawal may range from a mild to severe condition.
Symptoms such as sleeplessness mood fluctuations, and fatigue can last for months. People who continue to drink a lot may develop some health problems such as liver, heart disease.
Most people who detox from alcohol can make a full recovery. But, death is possible, especially if delirium tremens occurs.
When to Contact a Medical Detox Professional
Alcohol withdrawal is a severe condition that can become life-threatening.
Call your doctor or hospital emergency room if you think you might be in alcohol withdrawal, specifacally if you were using alcohol too much and recently stopped. Call for an appointment with your provider if symptoms persist after treatment. Call the emergency room if seizures, fever, severe confusion, hallucinations, or irregular heartbeats occur.
Alcohol Detox Information
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