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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.

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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 Definition of the word 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.

Resources: http://alcoholism.about.com/cs/withdraw/a/aa030307a.htm


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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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