What are alcohol withdrawal physical and psychological symptoms?
Regular doses of Alcohol make brain have a certain stage of adjustment so when you start alcohol detoxing this will send the brain into new stage of adjustment , this should bring you in your normal state but you will suffer from some withdrawal symptoms like dizziness and nausea you might also
- feel sick , tremble like you are having cold sweat at night or fail to sleep .
- Physical Symptoms of alcohol withdrawal :
- Loss of Appetite
- Rapid Heart Rate
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Black Outs
- Delirium Tremens (DTs)
Alcohol withdrawal psychological symptoms
dysphoria, sleep disturbance and anxiety often these symptoms persist for 1-2 weeks after alcohol detox and can continue for months (By:Satel et al. 1993; Shuckitt 2006)
A table showing Signs and symptoms of alcohol withdrawal syndrome
Alcohol severe withdrawal complications
Severe withdrawal complications including seizures, delirium Tremens and hallucinations.
Alcohol Withdrawal Seizures ( tonic-clonic seizures)
Alcohol withdrawal seizures also called tonic-clonic seizures may occur 6 : 48 hrs after the last drink is consumed in alcohol dependent individuals , and can occur even if the blood alcohol level is high (e.g. greater than 0.10 g%) in severely dependent drinkers (By : Victor and Brausch 1967; Tartara et al 1983).
Alcohol-withdrawal tonic-clonic seizures prevalence is estimated at between 2 and 9% of
alcohol dependent individuals (By:Chan 1985). Individuals who have experienced an
The risk of seizure
recurrence within 6 :12 hours is estimated at between 13% & 24% in untreated
patients ( By : Hillbom et al 2003).
Alcohol withdrawal Delirium ( Delirium Tremens - DTs )
alcohol withdrawal Delirium is a disturbance of consciousness and changes in cognition or perceptual disturbance (By:American Psychiatric Association 2002).
Alcohol withdrawal Delirium Tremens usually occurs 48 to 96 hours after the last drink is
consumed but may take up to seven days to appear. Delirium Tremens usually lasts for 2
to 3 days, although can persist for several days (By:Mayo-Smith et al. 2004).
Transient Hallucinations either visual or tactile may happen in 3-10% of patients at any stage of the alcohol withdrawal, in cases of severe withdrawal, (By:Trevisan et al. 1998).in some cases patients may also experience Psychomotor disturbances,Paranoia, and other delusions. Hallucinations may appear within the first 24 hours and in some cases Hallucinations last up to 3 days; however it can resolve within 24 to 48 hour