Is it safe to detox an 86 year old woman if she is in otherwise great health?

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    jlauter1posted 8 years ago

    Is it safe to detox an 86 year old woman if she is in otherwise great health?

    My mother-in-law drinks 2 bottles of wine every day.  She would start at 11:00 A.M if we let her.  We've tried to cut her back, but she just goes nuts wanting more.  As of last night, we took it all away.  She did great.  We are staying with her 24/7.  What should we expect?

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    Phoebe Pikeposted 8 years ago

    It varies on the person, but most will either get the shakes, yell or feel massive pain in their stomach. The brain knows it doesn't really need it, but the body is so used to it, that it is demanding it. Most people avoid going "cold turkey" because it can be very harmful. Some people will water down their drinks and slowly cut the alcohol content completely.

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    pumpkincat210posted 8 years ago

    If she has done this for awhile most likely she'll suffer withdrawal's which are very bad, especially in the elderly. Before you take her off cold turkey, have her visit her doctor. This is cruel if she is dependent.
        * Agitation
        * Alcoholic hallucinations
        * Anorexia
        * Anxiety and panic attacks
        * Catatonia
        * Confusion
        * Delirium tremens
        * Depression
        * Derealization
        * Diaphoresis
        * Diarrhea
        * Euphoria
        * Fear
        * Gastrointestinal upset
        * Hallucinations
        * Headache
        * Hypertension
        * Hyperthermia(fever)
        * Insomnia
        * Irritability
        * Nausea and vomiting
        * Palpitations
        * Psychosis
        * Rebound REM sleep
        * Restlessness
        * Seizures and death
        * Sweating
        * Tachycardia
        * Tremors
        * Weakness


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