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Alcohol Withdrawal: The Signs and Symptoms

Updated on January 21, 2016

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Many of us have heard the term withdrawal and seen images and depictions of it in television and movies, but what you may not have known or seen is that not all withdrawals are the same and vary depending on what type of substance has been abused.

Withdrawals occur when an individual either suddenly stops or reduces the usage of the substance they were abusing. One of the most common substance withdrawals is alcohol withdrawal; which can lead to a number of seizures as this is affected by the lack of alcohol in the central nervous system. Not only are seizures a symptom of alcohol withdrawal, as delirium tremens can be caused by alcohol withdrawals as well.

Delirium tremens also known as DT, can occur a few days after the withdrawal from alcohol. DT is a state of confusion where the individual may encounter hallucinations, high blood pressure, nightmares, and possibly global confusion. Similar to seizures being a symptom of alcohol withdrawal, delirium tremens can come into affect due to the lack of alcohol within the central nervous system which can also be fatal as nearly 1-4% of deaths occur in these cases.

When these type of symptoms to begin to occur, it is best to seek medical attention so that a medical professional can help with the detoxification. Going through withdrawal can be a very difficult process and going through alcohol withdrawal or any withdrawal should not be taken lightly. Getting proper treatment after seeing any signs or possible symptoms can make the treatment process smoother to the goal of recovery and possibly save a life.


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