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

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Dr. Brian Fishman
Dr. Brian Fishmananswered
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.
Dr. Ravi Srivastava
Addiction Medicine 36 years experience
5-7 days: Acute alcohol withdrawal symptoms subside within 5-7 days. However, the prolonged past acute withdrawal symptoms lasts for several weeks and months and the leading cause of relapse.

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

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Dr. Susan Uhrich
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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.
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What are the signs of alcohol withdrawal developing?

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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?

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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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Is it possible I have alcohol withdrawal after drinking seriously for only a week?

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Psychiatry 36 years experience
Yes: Don"t know what you mean by seriously, but drinking more than about 6 drinks on a daily basis could lead to some withdrawal symptoms.

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