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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.

References:
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000764.htm
http://alcoholism.about.com/cs/withdrawal/a/aa000125a.htm