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Alcoholism Withdrawal

When a person addresses his alcoholism and chronic drinking problem and decides to stop alcohol use suddenly, it is likely that he will develop alcohol withdrawal symptoms. The severity of these symptoms depends on how much and how long you have consumed alcohol as well as the extent of the alcohol dependence. Withdrawal can be experienced almost immediately between 5 and 10 hours from the last very last drink or 10 days later.

Symptoms of Alcohol Withdrawal

There are actually two kinds of withdrawal symptoms that a person may experience: physical and psychological. In any case, the onset starts with the person craving for alcohol. The body, which has been used to the substance, will react to the absence of alcohol in the system. As a result, the person feels a need to consume alcohol since not doing so is less painful.

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For the physical symptoms, a person can feel the following:

  • Headache
  • Sweating
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Clammy skin
  • Hand Tremors
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Fatigue

These physical symptoms are usually the first signs that the person is suffering from alcohol withdrawal. After a certain period, again depending upon the extent of your addiction, you will experience the more severe psychological symptoms which include:

  • Convulsions/Seizures
  • Confusion
  • Anxiety
  • Agitations
  • Visual Hallucinations
  • Stroke
  • Heart Attacks

Because of the danger to your health, it is advised that you seek medical assistance even before you stop your alcohol consumption and start the detoxification process. Proper management of these symptoms is very important in order to prevent any serious side effects.

For mild drinkers, you can try to quit by yourself. However, you must take several Thiamin doses before you start the detoxification process. It would also help if you are eating properly since this will ensure a healthy body.

On the other hand, alcoholics would benefit from entering a treatment program for alcoholism that will help you treat, not only your alcohol dependence, but also the withdrawal symptoms. There is actually plenty of help available and taking advantage of them is a smart choice.

Winning The Battle Against Alcohol

After you have successfully rid your body of alcohol, it would take a lot of discipline and self-resolve for you not to take up drinking again. You certainly do not want to experience all these withdrawal symptoms again. Join groups that will provide you with the support you need to stay on track.



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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people.

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