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Not recommended: The best thing is to seek help for alcohol withdrawal, which can be dangerous. Check with your doctor and get her/his recommendations for withdrawal treatment. Xanax (alprazolam) doesn't last as long in the body as valium or librium, and there could be a risk of seizures if it wears off and the alcohol withdrawal breaks through. Don't try this at home! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Don't do it at home: Alcohol withdrawal can be very dangerous, with seizures, confusion, heart problems and loss of contact with reality as possible problems. See a doctor about going into the hospital for medically supervised withdrawal from alcohol, or possibly doing outpatient withdrawal. It's best if you can find an addiction medicine specialist (www.Asam.Org or www.Aaap.Org) to help you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: Shakes, anxiety , increased pulse and pressure beginning 12 hrs, maxing 24-48 hrs and resolving by 72 hrs. In more sever cases there is agitation, confusion which in the most severe case is termed dts (delerium tremens) and can be fatal. Seizures and hallucinations may also seen but are separate from dts. In more sever cases- it takes 7-10 days for symptoms to resolve. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Drug withdraawal: Depends on the power of the drug, and the duration of time talking it + amount consumed in a certain of time (daily quantity, usually) and your state of heath prior to sudden cessation, the withdrawal will be more or less severe. Some high dose users can fall into seizures, which can kill, others who did not used to high a dose, neither too long, will suffer less. ...Read more
Withdrawal sxs: There are far too many alcohol withdrawal symptoms for me to come close to listing them in 400 words or less. See: http://www.Alcoholwithdrawalsymptoms.Org/ . Please be aware that death is a possible outcome from withdrawal. Please look into alcoholics anonymous if you are asking this question out of personal concern. ...Read more
Is it possible for very small amounts of alcohol, like residual alcohol in food, to trigger withdrawal symptoms?
Very unlikely: While this is very unlikely, some people are unbelievably sensitive. Also, all people are very responsive to expectancies and that can do amazing physical things to us. You body may know how to do w/drawal and it gets triggered by the idea of alcohol. Discuss w/ Dr or therapist if you continue to suffer after this reassurance. ...Read more
If a person drinks typical bottle of alcohol a day for several years and stops drinking for two days, when would withdrawal start? Can they die?
48 to 72 hours: The operson may show severe withdrawal symptoms within 48 hours to 72 hours. These may include severe shaking and even seizures, which could cause life threatening problems. I would not advise abrupt discontinuation of alcohol. Please have this person see a physician for proper treatment. ...Read more
How would I know?: without your telling me how much your are drinking and anything about your other medical history, no doctor could tell you. I assume you are worried because you are drinking regularly. If you experience anxiety, increased sweating, and (especially) "shakes" - tremor - particularly in the morning, or find you have to wake up in the middle of the night to drink, or early in the morning, then yes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer