Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms

Published on 1/31/11
Categorized in Alcohol Addiction
Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms

When an addict makes the decision to stop drinking, a range of uncomfortable symptoms may occur until the body has adjusted to a reduced or eliminated alcohol intake. These physical and psychological symptoms range from mild to severe and life-threatening.

Alcohol: A Physically Dangerous Drug

Alcohol is a chemical depressant, and alcoholics going through withdrawal will experience symptoms consistent with other chemical depressants.  The category of drugs with the worst withdrawal symptoms are depressants and alcohol.  Despite being legal, alcohol is on par with heroin in the severity of its withdrawal effects.  Alcohol withdrawal is very serious and can cause extreme pain and, depending on the level of dependence, can cause death.  If you or someone you know is drinking every day, more than four drinks per day, you should not try to quit cold turkey.  Visit an alcohol treatment center today.

Psychological Symptoms of Alcohol Withdrawal

Like other illicit drugs, frequent abusers becomes physically and psychologically addicted.

A user can expect the following psychological withdrawal symptoms:

  • Jumpiness or nervousness, anxiety, irritability
  • Feeling of shakiness
  • Emotional volatility, rapid emotional changes, Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty with thinking clearly
  • Bad dreams

Physical Symptoms of Alcohol Withdrawal

These symptoms cannot kill you; however, quitting alcohol cold turkey can have serious physical withdrawal effects:

Despite being legal, alcohol is on par with heroin in the severity of its withdrawal effects.

  • Headaches, Sweating
  • Nausea, Vomiting, Paleness, Loss of appetite
  • Insomnia, sleeping difficulty
  • Rapid heart rate (palpitations)
  • Eyes, pupils different size (enlarged, dilated pupils)
  • Clammy Skin, Abnormal movements, Tremor of the hands
  • Involuntary, abnormal movements of the eyelids

And alcoholics who are severly addicted to alcohol can suffer from the following withdrawal symptoms:

  • A state of confusion and hallucinations (visual) - "Delirium tremens"
  • Agitation
  • Fever
  • Convulsions
  • Blackouts

If you experience any severe withdrawal symptoms, contact an alcohol treatment center immediately. It could save your life.

Resources

  • http://www.cdc.gov/alcohol/
  • http://www.niaaa.nih.gov/
  • http://www.oas.samhsa.gov/alcohol.cfm
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