Getting Through The Storm: Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms

If you are thinking about stopping alcohol abuse, you may want to become familiar with some of the alcohol withdrawal symptoms you may experience. Alcohol withdrawal is the changes your body goes through when you suddenly stop drinking after prolonged or heavy alcohol abuse. Alcohol has a slowing effect on your brain. If you drank heavily for a long time, your brain is almost continually exposed to the depressant effect of alcohol. As time goes on, your brain can adjust its own chemistry to compensate for the effect of the alcohol. Most alcohol withdrawal symptoms occur when your brain is overstimulated.

Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms

If your brain has adjusted to your heavy or prolonged drinking habits, it can take time for your brain to adjust back to its original healthy state. Withdrawal from alcohol includes both psychological symptoms as well as physical symptoms.  Some common alcohol withdrawal symptoms may include:

Mild to Moderate Psychological Symptoms

Mild to Moderate Physical Symptoms

Severe Symptoms

How long do alcohol withdrawal symptoms last?

Everyone responds to alcohol withdrawal differently. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms generally improve within five days. There are a small number of patients who may have prolonged withdrawal symptoms that can last weeks.

Time for Treatment

Because alcohol withdrawal symptoms can worsen rapidly, it’s important to seek medical attention immediately. With the right medical care, you can greatly reduce any alcohol withdrawal symptoms—or even eliminate them altogether.  At 2nd Chance Treatment Center there are treatments available for alcohol use disorder.

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