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What is the definition or description of: alcohol withdrawal syndrome?

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Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 30 years experience
Dangerous Syndrome: Alcohol withdrawal syndrome is the collection of symptoms that an individual addicted to alcohol experiences when drastically reducing their intake or stopping their consumption of alcohol. The symptoms can range from mild (hand tremors), to severe (hallucinations, seizures and even death). Intensity of withdrawal syndrome is related to amount and length of consumption. Treatment is available.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Alcohol withdrawal s: Is a set of symptoms seen when one reduces or stops alcohol consumption after prolonged periods of excessive alcohol intake. It is due to the central nervous system being in a hyper-excitable state, leading to seizures & delirium tremens. Symptoms start on waking, due to fall in blood alcohol levels during sleep, & can include agitation, hallucination, sweating, cunfusion, htn, insomnia, GI upset.

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