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How long does it take for withdrawal symptoms from alcohol dependence to stop?

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Dr. Kevin Passer
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Five days

Mostly, all withdrawal symptoms are over in 3-5 days.
For those with severe alcohol dependency, withdrawal symptoms can consist of seizures and hallucinations. These are medical emergencies. A person could die, especially if elderly or debilitated with a chronic disease. What many folks do is to start drinking when the withdrawal becomes too uncomfortable, which only just repeats the cycle.

In brief: Five days

Mostly, all withdrawal symptoms are over in 3-5 days.
For those with severe alcohol dependency, withdrawal symptoms can consist of seizures and hallucinations. These are medical emergencies. A person could die, especially if elderly or debilitated with a chronic disease. What many folks do is to start drinking when the withdrawal becomes too uncomfortable, which only just repeats the cycle.
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Dr. Byron Law-Yone
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: 5 to 7 days

Depends on how much and how often you drink.

In brief: 5 to 7 days

Depends on how much and how often you drink.
Dr. Byron Law-Yone
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Alcohol withdrawal

Withdrawal symptoms are due to cenbtral nervous system being in hyper-excitable state, when blood alcohol is declining, usually in early morning.
This can last for up to a week. There is also a protracted withdrawal syndrome, where less intense symptoms can linger for up to a year, & include insomnia, anhedonia, headaches, nausea/vomiting, incoordination.

In brief: Alcohol withdrawal

Withdrawal symptoms are due to cenbtral nervous system being in hyper-excitable state, when blood alcohol is declining, usually in early morning.
This can last for up to a week. There is also a protracted withdrawal syndrome, where less intense symptoms can linger for up to a year, & include insomnia, anhedonia, headaches, nausea/vomiting, incoordination.
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