What Are the Withdrawals like for Alcoholics Trying to Quit?
Withdrawal symptoms represent a group of symptoms that appear from suddenly stopping drinking after prolonged usage or chronic consumption. Still, not everyone who stops drinking will experience withdrawal symptoms. Usually, the ones who have been drinking for a long time or frequently, or the ones who drink heavily will experience one form or another of withdrawal if they stop drinking suddenly.
You can’t predict how someone’s body will respond when he stops drinking. If you have been drinking for years, and you plan to stop it now, or if you don’t drink for a very long time, but when you do, you drink heavily, or you drink moderately but frequently and you want to stop drinking, the best solution would be to consult a doctor before trying to quit just like that.
When speaking about withdrawal symptoms, we refer to mild to moderate psychological symptoms, mild to moderate physical symptoms and severe symptoms. Among the first ones, you will find anxiety, depression, fatigue, bad dreams, and irritability or easily excited, difficulty in thinking clearly, emotional volatility, rapid emotional changes, and feeling of jumpiness, nervousness, and shakiness.
Mild to moderate physical symptoms include headaches, sweating, especially the palms of the hands or the face, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, paleness, insomnia, sleeping difficulty, palpitations, enlarged, dilated pupils, abnormal and involuntary movements of the eyelids or the entire body and tremor of the hands.
If the drinker was an alcoholic, heavily drinking every day, the symptoms he will experience are severe. Besides the ones from above, he will experience agitation, fever, convulsions, blackouts and a state of confusion and visual hallucinations, also known as delirium tremens. Withdrawals are very serious and need to be treated seriously, because some of them, if not controlled, can lead to different other problems.