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A 37-year-old male asked:

How much alcohol and for how long do you have to drink to get serious withdrawal symptoms?

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Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
Psychiatry 39 years experience
Stop sooner: Every person has a different tolerance for alcohol. The time to serious intoxication depends upon how much is consumed per unit time and for how long. But the worst problems with alcohol are due to alcohol poisoning which can take place before the person realizes how intoxicated he has become. Agencies here and abroad recommend no more than 3-4 oz. Of alcohol (modest "drinks") per day.
Dr. Terry Simpson
General Surgery 35 years experience
Varies: Everyone is different in how they react to alcohol and when withdrawal comes. It depends on the liver, on how much crosses the brain barrier, and a number of other factors-- so not a really easy answer.
Dr. Shah Nawaz
Psychiatry 35 years experience
It varies: Depends on family history of alcohol environmental stressors how every individual takes responsibility.

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Last updated Dec 23, 2016

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