Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms
Alcohol withdrawal symptoms are physiological and psychological effects one might endure after the cessation of drinking. What causes alcohol withdrawal symptoms is to quit drinking abruptly after consuming large quantities of alcohol on a regular basis. 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:
- Mood swings
- Confusion/unclear thinking
- Shaking, restlessness
- Clammy skin
- Dilated pupils
- Loss of appetite
- Rapid heart rate
- 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:
- Seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not real (hallucinations)
- Severe confusion
(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. A medical alcohol detox, or detoxification (during which your withdrawal symptoms will be monitored by doctors and nurses to help keep you as comfortable and safe as possible) 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. Withdrawal 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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