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How long can you expect delirium due to alcohol withdrawal to last?

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Dr. Leonard Spishakoff
Addiction Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Varies

It may vary depending on length of dependency, alcohol level upon admission and co-morbidities.
Intervention in symptom management as soon as possible will also help shorten the timeframe.

In brief: Varies

It may vary depending on length of dependency, alcohol level upon admission and co-morbidities.
Intervention in symptom management as soon as possible will also help shorten the timeframe.
Dr. Leonard Spishakoff
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Dr. Lionel Lim
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Days

It depends on how much alcohol someone consumes over a long period, which causes their body to become dependent on it.
Acute cessation of alcohol consumption could lead to delirium tremens, which can prove fatal. Any alcohol-dependent person coming off alcohol needs to be under medical treatment to prevent this from occurring.

In brief: Days

It depends on how much alcohol someone consumes over a long period, which causes their body to become dependent on it.
Acute cessation of alcohol consumption could lead to delirium tremens, which can prove fatal. Any alcohol-dependent person coming off alcohol needs to be under medical treatment to prevent this from occurring.
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Dr. Jeff Seaman
Psychiatry

In brief: 7 days is ....

All depends on amount consumed over what period.
Imperfect rule of thumb is heavy drinking for 2 consecutive weeks usually places one at elevated risk for complicated w/d. Highest risk for w/d seizure is first 24-72 hours. Rare to have delirium tremens present more than 7 days after last drink. Effective treatment can reduce w/d duration, and certainly make it much safer. Please ask for help.

In brief: 7 days is ....

All depends on amount consumed over what period.
Imperfect rule of thumb is heavy drinking for 2 consecutive weeks usually places one at elevated risk for complicated w/d. Highest risk for w/d seizure is first 24-72 hours. Rare to have delirium tremens present more than 7 days after last drink. Effective treatment can reduce w/d duration, and certainly make it much safer. Please ask for help.
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