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How long will alcohol withdrawal symptoms last?

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Dr. Catherine Willner
Neurology 35 years experience
Alcohol withdrawal: Acute use of alcohol in excess usually causes symptoms for no more than 24 hours, and they are worst the morning after. With chronic alcohol use, to some extent duration of symptoms depends on amount being used. The physical withdrawal is usually ending in 3-4 days but longer lasting symptoms can last months or longer.

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A 29-year-old member asked:

How long does it take for alcohol withdrawal symptoms to start?

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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 23 years experience
2-7 days: Alcohol withdrawal may start as early as the day following your drink, but usually bad withdrawal, called dts (delirium tremens) takes to 2-7 days to take effect. In most cases 2-4 days will be the usual latency.
A 48-year-old member asked:

How long can alcohol withdrawl symptoms last?

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Dr. Jane Velez
Clinical Psychology 26 years experience
Post-acute withdrawa: Post-acute withdrawal symptoms can last six months to a year I am told. Anxiety and loss of concentration are symptoms.
A 39-year-old member asked:

How long would that take to get rid of alcohol withdrawal symptoms?

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Dr. Byron Law-Yone
Psychiatry 55 years experience
Depends,: If you are an inpatient receiving detox medication your symptoms could be decreased considerably within hours. If you are drinking heavily and stop suddenly and take no mediation for detox you could have symptoms lasting 5-7 days. It is much safer to do this while under care of your family md or psychiatrist.
A 21-year-old member asked:

If I try to quit, will the alcohol withdrawal symptoms kill me?

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Dr. David Hunter
Psychiatry 30 years experience
Possibly: Severe alcohol withdrawal sometimes called delerium tremens can cause death. The vast majority of people who stop drinking do not risk death however. If you have any concerns about your health when you stop drinking, consult your physician who can assist you in a plan for safely detoxifying from alcohol.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Continuing to drink is more likely to kill you than trying to quit.
Jan 26, 2012
Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
General Practice 18 years experience
consult your physician.
Feb 2, 2012
A 48-year-old member asked:

How long would my alcohol withdrawal effects last?

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Dr. Marc Zimmermann
Psychiatry 22 years experience
Three days: Often these are gone in 72 hours. However, this depends on you frequency and amount of use as well as your general physical condition. Alcohol withdrawal can be dangerous. If you are a heavy user, get medical help with withdrawal.

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