Alcohol withdrawal is a clinical syndrome which affects people who are only accustomed to regular alcohol intake; it occurs when either alcohol consumption is decreased, or they quit drinking completely. In these cases, the central nervous system adjusts to the constant presence of alcohol in the body and compensates for the alcohol’s depressive effects on communication among nerve cells and brain function. Unfortunately, when the alcohol level is suddenly lowered, the brain still remains stuck in a hyperactive (or overly excited) state, which causes withdrawal syndrome.

Alcohol withdrawal symptoms usually appear within 8 hours after your most recent drink, but can sometimes last for many days at a time. Symptoms normally reach their peak by 24 to 48 hours post drink and then diminish, but some symptoms continue for weeks. The most dangerous symptoms, such as seizures or delirium can occur about a day or two after the initial detox, therefore each and every case of alcohol withdrawal should be medically supervised and tended to. Symptoms that linger past the period of acute withdrawal (the first week of detox) are called post-acute, or protracted withdrawal symptoms, and are usually related to mood swings or sleeping disorders.

Those who go through the process of withdrawal from alcohol always display a set of minor, predictable symptoms. Signs of alcohol withdrawal may include any combination of general hyperactivity, tremors, nausea, anxiety, sweating, retching, tachycardia, mild pyrexia, and hypertension. The most common effects of alcohol withdrawal include:


  • Agitation


  • Anxiety and nervousness


  • Depression


  • Difficulty concentrating


  • Disorientation


  • Headache


  • Fatigue


  • Increased sensitivity to light and sound


  • Irritability


  • Jumpiness or shakiness


  • Mood swings


  • Nightmares


  • Nausea


  • Unclear thinking


  • Vomiting

Despite being treatable, serious and severe withdrawal episodes may potentially contribute to the development of negative health consequences. This is precisely why alcohol withdrawal needs to be medically and professionally managed! If you or someone you know is dependent on alcohol, please seek help immediately. There is absolutely no shame in asking for help; alcohol dependence is a medical issue, and must be managed as such in order to produce lasting results. 


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