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my mom hallucinates after she has been drinking for 2 weeks. but why does she hallucinate when she's not drunk?

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Alcohol addiction: Hallucinations are a result of addiction to ethyl alcohol, together with tremor, increased sweating, anxiety, insomnia, increased reflexes. The hallucinations can be auditory or visual. Early along in alcohol addiction, the individual may know that these experiences aren't real, but in severe withdrawal (delirium tremens or DTs) the person is globally confused and thinks they are real.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

What do you suggest if my mom hallucinates after she has been drinking for 2 weeks why does she hallucinate when she not drunk?

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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She is having DTs: Withdrawal from heavy alcohol use can produce a variety of signs and symptoms, including seizures and hallucinations. Anyone drinking this much is endangering their health and their life. Your mother needs medical attention asap. If she is unwilling to get help, it may be at a point where involuntary commitment is necessary. Talk to other family members and seek legal advice if necessary.

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