Alcohol withdrawal

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It’s possible to fight alcohol withdrawal symptoms safely. You need to know your level of dependence on alcohol, the symptoms and how to fight them. After years of alcohol addiction, you might be tired of waking up with a hangover, blacking out, and not knowing what you did the previous night.

Alcoholism affects an individual and their loved ones. And withdrawing from alcohol is never easy.

Alcohol has a depressive effect on the body system. When a person drinks heavily for a long time, alcohol changes and slows down how their brain functions. It alters how nerves convey messages.

The central nervous system eventually adjusts and gets used to having alcohol in the body all the time.

Once a person stops drinking, alcohol level in the body suddenly drops. However, the brain remains keyed up. Some people experience seizures.

Delirium tremens is also a potential complication. This is characterized by mental confusion, hallucinations, and disorientation. Delirium and cognitive impairment can cause chronic memory disorder.

Alcohol withdrawal symptoms include: agitation or anxiety, headaches, vomiting and nausea, shaking and hand tremors, disorientation, depression, insomnia, high blood pressure, excessive sweating, high fever, and auditory, visual, and tactile hallucinations. Withdrawal symptoms are likely to be severe in a person that has abused alcohol and other drugs.

Alcohol withdrawal symptoms tend to shift violently and quickly. A patient can experience minor side effects in one hour and extremely severe symptoms in the next.