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The Dangers Of Alcohol Withdrawal: This Is Why It Can Be Deadly

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alcohol withdrawal Alcoholism and alcohol dependency can affect all aspects of a person’s life, as well as those close to them.  Long-term abuse of alcohol can cause serious health complications affecting virtually every organ in the human body. Alcohol abuse is known to also damage and stunt emotional growth and stability, money, career, and relationships; and even affect the community that the alcoholic lives in. If you or a loved one is thinking about quitting alcohol for good, please read this first so you can avoid alcohol withdrawal symptoms.

Properly detoxing from alcohol abuse is not a suggestion, it’s absolutely needed. If you or a loved one has just quit drinking cold turkey, please seek medical attention immediately. Alcohol withdrawal without proper medication can be deadly. Contact us now at 1-800-861-1768 to find out how to detox safely.

More: Safe & Comfortable Alcohol Detox Center

Alcohol Withdrawal Signs & Symptoms

Withdrawing from alcohol at home is extremely dangerous and should not be attempted. Prolonged use of alcohol combined with abruptly stopping can cause any number of the following:

Mild Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms 

Vomiting, bowel issues (constipation or diarrhea), slight anxiety, nausea, headache, insomnia, sweating, shaky hands, and restlessness.

Severe Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms 

DTs (delirium tremens), which usually start 24-48 hours after stopping. In some cases they have been known to show up as early as 2 hours.

Hallucinations, disorientation, confusion, and sever anxiety.

Sweating, severe tremors, and irregular/racing heartbeat.

Seizures, low-grade fever, and high blood pressure.

Death.

If you having an alcohol withdrawal emergency, please dial 911 now!

More About Alcoholism 

Alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the United States. An estimated 17.6 million people suffer from alcohol abuse, alcohol dependence, or alcoholism – that’s one in every 12 adults.  Several million more engage in risky drinking behaviors, like binge drinking and/or heavy drinking, that could lead to alcohol dependency problems. At this point you may be saying “yeah, but not everyone is an alcoholic, so how is alcohol dangerous for me?” More than half of all adults have a family member or family history of alcoholism or alcohol abuse.  An estimated 7 million children live in a household where at least one guardian suffers from alcoholism or alcohol abuse. If you are still not convinced, according to MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) a person dies from a drunk driving accident every 52 mins, those drunk drivers could be in your neighborhood.

What’s The Solution To Alcoholism

The one solution that seems to work best and is agreed upon by most medical doctors and recovered alcoholics is treatment and complete abstinence.  Alcoholism is a disease that can be arrested if the person is willing to go through treating it as such. If alcohol has been consumed for a long time a medical detox is needed because withdrawals from alcohol can be deadly. Once the alcoholic is ready to make a change, programs like Alcoholics Anonymous offer a means of recovery to those who want to stay sober.

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