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Effects of alcohol withdrawal
The effects of alcohol withdrawal can range from very mild to very severe, and even life threatening at times if the alcohol abuse has been going on for some time or if the amount frequently consumed is large. The symptoms can be mental, physical, or a combination of these two, and if the abuse has become severe then the symptoms may be very serious and require treatment during the withdrawal period. The symptoms experienced will depend on the length of time the alcohol use has been going on as well as the amount consumed in each sitting. The longer the abuse goes on, and the more alcohol consumed each session, the worse the effects of alcohol withdrawal may become. Some individuals may not show any symptoms, while others may have symptoms which can cause coma or even death if not treated.
Some of the psychological effects of alcohol withdrawal can be mild or moderate, but these symptoms do not reach the level of severity that may cause medical or health problems. The drinker may feel nervous and become jumpy for no reason. Shakiness is another effect that can be caused by withdrawing from alcohol. The user may be easily agitated, and can become irritable over very small things. The emotions felt can swing widely and quickly, and the user may become unstable emotionally. Problems with thinking and reasoning can occur, and fatigue is common with the effects of alcohol withdrawal. Depression is another symptom that is caused by alcohol withdrawal in some cases, and the user may have bad dreams or difficulty sleeping even when tired.
The physical effects of alcohol withdrawal can also range from mild to very severe, and at times and in serious cases these physical symptoms can threaten the life or health of the user as well as being uncomfortable. Often one of the first signs is a headache, and sweating is also common, especially on the palms of the hands and the facial areas. Nausea and vomiting can occur, and this can be for a short time or it can go on for hours or even days. The user may lose their appetite, have problems getting to or staying asleep, and may experience a rapid heartbeat. Skin that is cold and clammy is another physical symptom, and the user may seem very pale. Tremors are also a problem when withdrawal from alcohol occurs.
Some of the effects of alcohol withdrawal are serious enough to require hospitalization or emergency medical treatment. Delirium tremors are a serious symptom, and the user will be confused and can even hallucinate. A fever can occur as a result of alcohol withdrawal, and extreme agitation may be seen in the user. Convulsions are common in individuals who quit drinking after long term use and have a high tolerance, and these can lead to death if not treated promptly. Because some of the effects of alcohol withdrawal can be serious this should always be done under medical supervision. If the abuse is severe then hospitalization may be required until the withdrawal symptoms have passed.
The information supplied in this article is not to be considered as medical advice and is for educational purposes only.
|Metabolic Disorders22 Jun 2010