What is Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome?

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What is alcohol withdrawal syndrome and who is at risk for this problem? Alcohol withdrawal syndrome can be serious, or even life threatening in a number of cases. This syndrome occurs in individuals who have been consuming alcohol in large amounts over an extended period of time. During this time a physical dependence develops for the alcohol, and if the use is considerably reduced or stopped suddenly then alcohol withdrawal syndrome can appear. A medical detox facility is needed to control the symptoms of this condition and ensure that no permanent damage is done as a result. The symptoms that are experienced with alcohol withdrawal syndrome can go from mild to life threatening in a very short period and medical treatment should be sought at the first sign of this condition.


Common symptoms of alcohol withdrawal syndrome may include:


  • Anxiety that ranges from mild to severe
  • Craving alcohol
  • Shakiness in the hands and extremities
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty thinking clearly
  • Fever
  • Excessive sweating
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Hallucinations
  • Nervousness
  • Agitation
  • Insomnia
  • Bad nightmares
  • Headache
  • High blood pressure
  • Restlessness
  • Seizures


During medical detox the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal syndrome can be treated with medications and support services. When these become severe they are often referred to as delirium tremors or Dts, and symptoms may start as early as 2 hours after the last time that alcohol was consumed. Valiant Recovery offers an upscale treatment facility that can include medical detox, as well as treatment for the underlying alcohol addiction. If you or a loved one has been drinking heavily for weeks or longer then stopping cold turkey or even cutting back significantly can have serious side effects if medical support is not available.


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