What Is Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome?


Created On: Saturday, 12, October 2019
Modified On: Wednesday, 16, October 2019

Alcohol withdrawal syndrome comes about when a severe alcoholic suddenly reduces their intake of alcohol and will begin to experience dangerous withdrawal symptoms. The symptoms can typically include anxiety, the shakes, sweating, vomiting, fast heart rate, and a mild fever. Some of the more severe symptoms will include seizures, visual and auditory hallucinations, and delirium tremors. Alcohol withdrawal syndrome can often happen around six hours after the last drink was taken, and the worse will be felt within 24 to 72 hours after the last drink.

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Alcohol withdrawal syndrome can last a week or more, but this will depend upon the overall health of the person, and how much they have been drinking and for how long. Alcohol withdrawal syndrome often occurs among those people who are dependent on alcohol, and suddenly stop drinking. Alcohol withdrawal syndrome can be treated under the proper medical supervision at a medical detox program or an inpatient hospital setting.