5 Things to know about Alcohol withdrawal symptoms

Withdrawal symptoms generally happen when someone stops using alcohol after prolonged or chronic use.
Just because a person has a few drinks occasionally does not mean if they stop withdrawal symptoms will occur. It takes time for the body to build up tolerance or alcohol.
The best way to know if someone is likely to experience withdrawal is to know what they experienced the last time they tried to stop using in the past.

Symptoms vary from person to person and some people do not experience withdrawal at all.

Some people will have a few symptoms or only mild symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms may vary according to body weight and general physical health. The amount of alcohol consumed and how long the individual has been using will also be a factor.

Mild to moderate symptoms may be managed without acute care Detoxification.

The following symptoms are typical of mild to moderate withdrawal
• Nightmares
• Depression
• Tiredness
• Impaired thinking
• Mood changes
• Irritability
• Anxiety
• Nervousness
• Feeling unsteady

In these situations it may possible to plan detoxification with limited medical care such as ambulatory detoxification. If you have any doubts about symptoms or how severe withdrawal may become seek professional help.

Moderate to severe symptoms generally need help outside self.
• Severe headache
• Profuse sweating
• Loss of appetite
• Paleness of skin color
• Rapid heart rate
• Clammy skin
• Nausea and vomiting
• Pupils dilated (enlarged)
• Involuntary movements or hands, feet or eyelids

When moderate to severe symptoms begin to appear it is important to monitor symptoms and be prepared to seek professional help should symptoms worsen.

Severe symptoms should be treated professionally.

• Agitation
• Fever
• Convulsions
• Black Outs
• Confusion or hallucinations usually visual

When symptoms reach the most severe level they need to be monitored through professional detoxification program. Do not under estimate the role of professionals in this level of symptoms.

When someone is experiencing withdrawal it is never easy for the individual to know what level of care they really need but those around them can understand when appropriate medical intervention is necessary.

Written by Wendell Montney

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