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Can I really die from alcohol withdrawal when trying to quit?
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In brief: Yes.
In the very severe cases, delirium tremens can cause fatal seizures, although most withdrawal fatalities occur from falls while mentally incapacitated.

In brief: Yes.
In the very severe cases, delirium tremens can cause fatal seizures, although most withdrawal fatalities occur from falls while mentally incapacitated.
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Have somebody with some medical credentials and the ability to prescribe some mild medication take you through this. And congratulations on your decision to quit -- you are doing a huge favor for yourself and others.
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
Addiction Medicine
In brief: Sometimes
About 90% of people with alcohol withdrawal have "the shakes" - severe tremor, anxiety, sweating, insomnia, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, but about 10% can go on to seizures, which sometimes can be fatal, or a severe illness called delirium tremens (dt's), in which people are agitated, confused, hallucinating, where heart attacks, strokes and death may occur. You should seek expert help.

In brief: Sometimes
About 90% of people with alcohol withdrawal have "the shakes" - severe tremor, anxiety, sweating, insomnia, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, but about 10% can go on to seizures, which sometimes can be fatal, or a severe illness called delirium tremens (dt's), in which people are agitated, confused, hallucinating, where heart attacks, strokes and death may occur. You should seek expert help.
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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