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Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms

By on May 26, 2015 in Alcoholism, Blog | 0 comments

emotional portrait of a young man suffering from alcoholism - alcohol withdrawal symptoms - Victory Addiction Recovery Center Lafayette Louisiana Alcohol Treatment and Rehab centerAlcohol withdrawal symptoms refers to the physiological and psychological effects one might endure after the cessation of drinking. What causes alcohol withdrawal symptoms is the consumption of alcohol in large quantities on a regular basis then quitting abruptly. The body becomes accustomed to having a certain amount of alcohol to function normally, so once drinking is discontinued the body has difficulty operating normally. Unless the body can obtain more alcohol, medical intervention is often necessary. Alcohol withdrawal can be very dangerous and even deadly.

If you are concerned that someone you love is suffering from alcohol withdrawal, here are some of the common alcohol withdrawal symptoms to be aware of:

Behavior/psychological symptoms:

  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety/nervousness
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Confusion/unclear thinking
  • Nightmares
  • Depression

Physical symptoms:

  • Shaking, restlessness
  • Clammy skin
  • Dilated pupils
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Sweating
  • Tremors of the hands or other parts of the body

A more severe form of alcohol withdrawal, known as delirium tremens (or DTs), can cause:

  • Agitation
  • Fever
  • Seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not real (hallucinations)
  • Severe confusion
  • Seizures

(Note: These symptoms can occur hours after the last drink, but can also present days later. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms may persist for weeks. Also, there may be more serious symptoms if other medical problems are present.)

If your loved one is suffering from alcohol withdrawal symptoms, whether moderate or severe, it is best to seek medical attention. An alcohol detox, or detoxification, (where someone is monitored closely and is helped to remove the alcohol from their body in a safe and effective manner) is usually necessary for someone experiencing alcohol withdrawal symptoms.

If someone you love is experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to seek help immediately. It is a very critical condition that can quickly become life threatening. Please contact us anytime at (337) 456-9111.

Attention: If you or a loved one are having a medical emergency, please call 911.

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