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A 34-year-old member asked:

is it possible for alcohol withdrawal or abuse cause flu like symptoms?

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Dr. Kevin Passer
Child Psychiatry 35 years experience
Yes: It may feel like one has the flu when experiencing what are known as withdrawal symptoms. Usually, one has to drink every day for at least one month, before they would have withdrawal symptoms after abruptly stopping. More over, the most severe kinds of withdrawal from alcohol can involve the person having a seizure, which can be dangerous as it can cause a person to stop breathing.

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A 16-year-old member asked:

How long does it typically take for the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal to abate?

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Brian Fishman
Dr. Brian Fishman answered
Emergency Medicine 9 years experience
1 week, maybe more: Acute withdrawal (12-48hrs after last drink) includes tremors, sweating, & seizures. Alcoholic hallucinosis (24-72hrs after last drink) includes auditory and visual hallucinations. Delirium tremens (2-7 days, possibly longer) involves hallucination, confusion, poor sleep, sweating, increased temperature, and illusions. Fatality is usually associated with this final stage.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Is there an over-the-counter treatment for alcohol withdrawal?

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Dr. Eric L. Weiss
Travel Medicine 37 years experience
This is up to YOU: There is no easy treatment for alcoholism. This disease is more common than you think. The first step towards recovery is as simple as you deciding you are ready. Seek help, support, and camaraderie from others (who have been there) in a group, such as aa. If 12 steps are not for you there are plenty of other options (save our selves, lifering, women for sobriety). Make the call, and good luck!
A 41-year-old member asked:

Can the physical symptoms of alcohol withdrawal be eased by giving small amounts of alcohol?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry 36 years experience
The physical: Symptoms of alcohol withdrawal can be eliminated by not drinking too much! on the other hand, needing an "eye opener"may be a symptom of alcohol dependence.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What are the signs of alcohol withdrawal developing?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry 36 years experience
Alcohol withdrawal: Causes nervousness, depression, not being able to think clearly, fatigue, irritability, jumpiness, nightmares, clammy skin, dilated pupils, insomnia, loss of appetite, sweating, rapid heart rate, pallor, tremors, agitation, severe confusion, hallucinations, fever, seizures and death. Do not do this on your own! see an addiction psychiatrist to stop safely.
A 48-year-old member asked:

How can a person ease the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry 36 years experience
With the help of: Of a doctor. Please remember that alcohol withdrawal can kill you! make an appointment with a psychiatrist in your area who deals with addiction to help you through this process.

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