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Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms

Alcoholism is a serious condition. When people drink from the time they get up until the time they go to sleep at night, this means they are addicted to alcohol. Being addicted to alcohol is a serious problem. There are many symptoms to alcoholism and they are terrible. These symptoms make a person sick. Sometimes they will vomit, have excessive diarrhea, and even have a major headache. This is actually called a hangover. If you suffer from a hangover, you have alcohol poisoning. Here is more information on alcohol withdrawal symptoms.

Causes of Alcohol Withdrawal

The cause of alcohol withdrawal symptoms is simple. If you drink too much, you will withdrawal from it the next day. However, if you have certain medical conditions, alcohol withdrawal symptoms can increase.

Symptoms of Alcohol Withdrawal

The first symptoms of alcohol withdrawal will happen eight hours after the last drink you took. They can even happen days later or even weeks later. Here are some of the symptoms:

  • Nervousness or anxiety
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Shakiness or feeling jumpy
  • Mood swings
  • Nightmares
  • Not able to think clearly

Other Symptoms:

  • Larger pupils
  • Sweaty or clammy skin
  • No appetite
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches
  • Faster heart rate
  • Nausea and vomiting

More Severe Symptoms

  • Agitation
  • Seizures
  • Hallucinations
  • Really bad confusion

Treatment of Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms

Medical treatment is preferred for alcohol withdrawal symptoms. Your doctor may refer you to an outpatient detoxification program. This is especially effective for those who have very supportive family and friends. Although this may be a good fit for you, you may need inpatient treatment if the alcohol withdrawal is severe or if you have a history of the following:

  • Withdrawal seizures
  • Severe withdrawal symptoms
  • Many previous detoxifications that did not work
  • Medical or psychiatric illnesses

The goals of these treatment plans have three advantages. They include decreasing withdrawal symptoms, preventing complications, and starting therapy to help you stop alcohol altogether.