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Could i be confusing alcohol withdrawal with anxiety?

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Yes: Alcohol withdrawal results in increased anxiety. If you are drinking enough to get withdrawal, then you are drinking far too much. The next step after experiencing significant withdrawal may be a seizure or the development of delirium tremens (dt's). Seek help now to safely stop drinking, and get the additional help you need to stay stopped.
Dr. Philip Gilly
Addiction Medicine 39 years experience
It is more likely...: That you are confusing anxiety with withdrawal. Many alcoholics describe a feeling of anxiety or uneasiness when they are about to have an urge or a craving to drink. This represents psychological, rather than physical, withdrawal symptoms.

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Last updated Oct 31, 2013

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