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Dr. Philip Gilly
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Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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Where can I get alcohol withdrawal medicine for free?

Where can I get alcohol withdrawal medicine for free?

Medicines for : Withdrawal are not expensive but they are controlled. You need medical supervision too. ...Read more

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Why is alcohol withdrawal even worse than withdrawal from hard drugs like heroin?

Why is alcohol withdrawal even worse than withdrawal from hard drugs like heroin?

Alcohol and withdrw: From benzodiazepines can be fatal. Withdrawal from opiates is difficult, may require treatment and maintenance for relapse prevention, but fatalities do not occur as commonly from the withdrawal itself. Nowadays, the rate of death from alcohol withdrawal has declined due to our understanding of it as a disease, and with more rapid treatment of alcohol use disorders. ...Read more

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Could I get alcohol withdrawal?

Could I get alcohol withdrawal?

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 more

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What can alcohol withdrawal feel like?

What can alcohol withdrawal feel like?

Alcohol withdrawal: Someone, who has been dependent on alcohol and suddenly stops drinking, will go through withdrawals. Withdrawal symptoms include hand tremors, insomnia, nausea or vomiting, psychomotor agitation, transient hallucinations (auditory, visual or tactile), anxiety, tonic clonic seizures and delirium tremens. Withdrawal symptoms usually start 3 days after the last use of alcohol. Thanks. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of alcohol withdrawal?

The 'shakes': Or tremor, increased sweating, high pulse rate and blood pressure, anxiety, insomnia, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, shaking chills and/or sweats, perceptual distortions (hallucinations) involving sight, sound and smell (and touch), seizures and a profound delirium involving all the above symptoms put together, combined with agitation, global confusion and fused hallucinations(dt's). Enough? ...Read more

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How long can alcohol withdrawal last for?

How long can alcohol withdrawal last for?

See below: Two to three days is usual. After dts, it can take up to seven to ten days to recover. ...Read more

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What are common signs of alcohol withdrawal?

See below: Blackoutt, light and noise sensitivity, anxiety, tremors are a dew. ...Read more

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What is the probability of alcohol withdrawal?

What is the probability of alcohol withdrawal?

High or low: Depends on quantity consumed, type of alcohol, over what duration, status of GI and history of alcohol intake and drinkers genetic predisposition ...Read more

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How long does alcohol withdrawal usually last?

3 days: Unless seignifican malnutrition, neurological of liver deterioration than longer. If severe, and one goes into dts, than 7-10 days. ...Read more

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Does alcohol withdrawal feel like bugs crawling?

Very Dangerous: Alcohol withdrawal that reaches the point where there are any hallucinations including tactile, such as bugs crawling on skin, is a red flag for what is called delirium tremens (dts) which is a life-threatening, emergency situation. Immediate medical intervention and monitoring is required. Dts can have an onset up to 7 days after ones last drink. ...Read more

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What are the main symptoms of alcohol withdrawal?

What are the main symptoms of alcohol withdrawal?

See below: Tromors and irritability, high blood pressure and pulse, nasea and vomiting. When extreme- hallucinations, confusion, seizures. ...Read more

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How long would my alcohol withdrawal effects last?

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. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is alcohol withdrawal syndrome?

Alcohol withdrawal: Swift changes in emotions from high to low
nausea
difficulty sleeping including insomnia
rapid or increased heart rate
cold or clammy skin
change in eyes or pupils (enlarged or dilated)
excitability
irritability
vomiting
movements out of the ordinary
nervousness
depression
hand tremors
pulsating headaches
lack of focus and the inability. ...Read more

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What are the signs of alcohol withdrawal developing?

Alcohol withdrawal: Causes nervousness, depression, not being able to think clearly, fatigue, irritability, jumpiness, nightmares, clammy skin, dilated pupils, insomnia, loss of appetite, sweating, rapid heart rate, pallor, tremors, agitation, severe confusion, hallucinations, fever, seizures and death. Do not do this on your own! See an addiction psychiatrist to stop safely. ...Read more

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What kind of symptoms occur with alcohol withdrawal?

What kind of symptoms occur with alcohol withdrawal?

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. ...Read more

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Can a loved one die from alcohol withdrawal syndrome?

Can a loved one die from alcohol withdrawal syndrome?

Yes: Alcohol withdrawal is a medical emergency. If untreated, one can have dangerous heart rhythms, fast respirations, fevers, hallucinations, and seizures. ...Read more

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Is it possible to experience alcohol withdrawal in hours?

Yes: Alcohol withdrawal can begin 6-12 hours after your last drink. The minor symptoms include tremors, insomnia, irritability, mild agitation, anorexia, nausea, vomiting, tension, anxiety, sweating, restlessness. More serious symptoms include hallucinations, tremors and delirium (delirium tremons). Alcohol withdrawal can be life threatening and merits an immediate trip to the er. ...Read more

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How can a person ease the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal?

With the help of: Of a doctor. Please remember that alcohol withdrawal can kill you! Make an appointment with a psychiatrist in your area who deals with addiction to help you through this process. ...Read more

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Which foods are best for dealing with alcohol withdrawal?

Which foods are best for dealing with alcohol withdrawal?

Water: Drink plenty of water and eat bland things like bananas, soup and crackers.
If your withdrawal is severe, I would suggest going to an ER.
It is possible to have seizures during alcohol withdrawal after long term use. ...Read more

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Can I really die from alcohol withdrawal when trying to quit?

Can I really die from alcohol withdrawal when trying to quit?

Yes.: In the very severe cases, delirium tremens can cause fatal seizures, although most withdrawal fatalities occur from falls while mentally incapacitated. ...Read more

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What are some ways to cope with really bad alcohol withdrawal?

Need treatment: Contact a physician who has experience, and withdraw slowly, under supervision, using appropriate medications and thiamine. There is no coping, it cannot usually be done alone. Alcoholics anonymous is exceptionally valuable. ...Read more

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How many people die resulting from alcohol withdrawal per year?

Too many: Don't' be one of them. Get help. Go to an aa meeting. ...Read more

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Alcohol withdrawal, going through it at home, do you have advice?

Yes: Alcohol withdrawal can be dangerous. Get a physical examination and guidance from a physician who knows you condition. Otherwise, go to a facility that understands the potential risks. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Anyone have any suggestions for surviving alcohol withdrawal syndrome?

Anyone have any suggestions for surviving alcohol withdrawal syndrome?

See a physician: Alcohol withdrawal may be fatal. You might want to get medical attention rather than going through it alone. ...Read more

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What symptoms make alcohol withdrawal syndrome the most likely diagnosis?

Thanks for asking!: History of alcohol dependence, that is, knowledge of sustained recent use; recent discontinuation of alcohol; tremors, anxiety, fatigue, fluctuating vital signs (temp, bp, heart rate, respirations), sleep disturbance,. ...Read more

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How long does it usually take for the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal to finish?

How long does it usually take for the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal to finish?

That depends on a: Number of factors including how much and how long you have been drinking, you're underlying health and others. However, alcohol withdrawal can kill! Do not do this on your own! See a psychiatrist who specializes in addiction now! ...Read more