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How long does it take for withdrawal symptoms from alcohol dependence to stop?

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Dr. Byron Law-Yone
Psychiatry 55 years experience
5 to 7 days: Depends on how much and how often you drink.
Dr. Kevin Passer
Child Psychiatry 35 years experience
Five days: Mostly, all withdrawal symptoms are over in 3-5 days. For those with severe alcohol dependency, withdrawal symptoms can consist of seizures and hallucinations. These are medical emergencies. A person could die, especially if elderly or debilitated with a chronic disease. What many folks do is to start drinking when the withdrawal becomes too uncomfortable, which only just repeats the cycle.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Alcohol withdrawal: Withdrawal symptoms are due to cenbtral nervous system being in hyper-excitable state, when blood alcohol is declining, usually in early morning. This can last for up to a week. There is also a protracted withdrawal syndrome, where less intense symptoms can linger for up to a year, & include insomnia, anhedonia, headaches, nausea/vomiting, incoordination.

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