True or False, withdrawal from alcohol can be deadly?
Common symptoms from alcohol withdrawal include: anxiety or nervousness, depression, fatigue, irritability, jumpiness or shakiness, mood swings, nightmares, and not thinking clearly. Chronic alcoholism and it’s severe withdrawal symptoms may progress to delirium tremens (DT’s) after three to five days without alcohol. The symptoms of DT’s include profound confusion, disorientation, hallucinations, hyperactivity and extreme cardiovascular disturbances. These serious alcohol withdrawal symptoms can be fatal to an alcoholic if not properly treated under medical supervision. Even when symptoms are mild, it is still wise to get medical attention for those detoxing from alcohol. Medical attention can help reduce the risk of serious symptoms of withdrawal like seizures and DT’s.
These symptoms vary in severity depending on how long a person has been a drinker, his frequency of alcohol consumption and the quantity of alcohol consumed. If you or a loved one is detoxing from alcohol it is important to get medical attention. For 24 hour service please call the Reading Health System 24-Hour Addiction Hotline at (484) 628-8186.
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