Withdrawal

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Alcohol withdrawal syndrome is a set of symptoms that people who have a history of alcoholism experience when they stop drinking. People who are casual drinkers rarely have withdrawal symptoms. 


People who have gone through withdrawal before are more likely to have withdrawal symptoms each time they quit drinking.


Symptoms of alcohol withdrawal can range from severe to mild, and can include:

-- Insomnia


-- Nightmares


-- Irritability


-- Fatigue


-- Shakes


-- Sweats


-- Anxiety


-- Depression


-- Headaches


-- Decreased appetite
Severe withdrawal symptoms include fever, convulsions and delirium tremens (DTs). Those who experience DTs may become confused, anxious and even have hallucinations. DTs can be very serious if they are not treated by a doctor.

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Withdrawal

  1. 1. http://www.fitango.com/categories.php?id=623Fitango EducationHealth TopicsWithdrawal
  2. 2. 1OverviewAlcohol withdrawal syndrome is a set of symptomsthat people who have a history of alcoholismexperience when they stop drinking. People whoare casual drinkers rarely have withdrawalsymptoms.People who have gone through withdrawal beforeare more likely to have withdrawal symptoms eachtime they quit drinking.
  3. 3. 2OverviewSymptoms of alcohol withdrawal can range fromsevere to mild, and can include:-- Insomnia-- Nightmares-- Irritability-- Fatigue
  4. 4. 3Overview-- Shakes-- Sweats-- Anxiety-- Depression-- Headaches-- Decreased appetite
  5. 5. 4OverviewSevere withdrawal symptoms include fever,convulsions and delirium tremens (DTs). Thosewho experience DTs may become confused,anxious and even have hallucinations. DTs can bevery serious if they are not treated by a doctor.
  6. 6. 5Medical attention forwithdrawalYes. A doctor needs to know youre going throughwithdrawal so they can make sure it doesnt leadto more serious problems. If you go throughwithdrawal many times without getting treatment,your next set of symptoms may be worse eachtime. So even if your withdrawal symptoms are notterrible, its essential to consult a doctor. This isespecially true for those who have haveexperienced severe withdrawal symptoms beforeand people who have other health concerns, likeheart disease, lung disease
  7. 7. 6Medical attention forwithdrawalThose who quit using other drugs (tobacco,injected drugs or cocaine) at the same time mighthave severe withdrawal problems. They should seea doctor before they quit.**How can a doctor help me if I’m inwithdrawal?**
  8. 8. 7Medical attention forwithdrawalA doctor can provide the medical support youneed to succeed in your efforts to defeatalcoholism. They can keep track of your symptomsto help avoid any serious health problems.A doctor can also prescribe medication to treat theanxiety, shakes and confusion that can come withalcohol withdrawal. If you are given thesemedicines at the early stages of withdrawal, theyprevent your symptoms from getting worse.
  9. 9. 8Medical attention forwithdrawal**What can my family and friends do to help mewhile Im through withdrawal?**The urge to drink during withdrawal can be verystrong. A support system built from your familyand friends can help you resist the urge to drink.After the withdrawal symptoms go away, itsimportant to join a treatment or sobriety program,such as Alcoholics Anonymous. These programscan provide the support to avoid relapse.
  10. 10. 9SymptomsHippocrates, writing around 400 B.C., gave us ourfirst written clinical picture of alcohol withdrawalwhen he wrote that if the patient is “in the primeof life and if from drinking he has tremblinghands,” it may well be the case that the patient isshowing withdrawal signs and symptoms. To thisday, alcohol withdrawal remains underrecognizedand undertreated. The signs and symptoms ofacute alcohol withdrawal generally start 6 to 24hours after the patient takes his last drink. Alcoholwi
  11. 11. 10SymptomsRestlessness, irritability, anxiety, agitationAnorexia (lack of appetite), nausea, vomitingTremor (shakiness), elevated heart rate, increasedblood pressureInsomnia, intense dreaming, nightmares
  12. 12. 11SymptomsPoor concentration, impaired memory andjudgmentIncreased sensitivity to sound, light, and tactilesensationsHallucinations (auditory, visual, or tactile)Delusions, usually of paranoid or persecutoryvarieties
  13. 13. 12SymptomsGrand mal seizures (grand mal seizures represent asevere, generalized, abnormal electrical dischargeof the major portions of the brain, resulting in lossof consciousness, brief cessation of breathing, andmuscle rigidity followed by muscle jerking; a briefperiod of sleep, awakening later with some mild toeven severe confusion, generally occurs)Hyperthermia (high fever)
  14. 14. 13SymptomsDelirium with disorientation with regard to time,place, person, and situation; fluctuation in level ofconsciousness
  15. 15. 14SymptomsMild alcohol withdrawal generally consists ofanxiety, irritability, difficulty sleeping, anddecreased appetite. Severe alcohol withdrawalusually is characterized by obvious trembling of thehands and arms, sweating, elevation of pulse(above 100) and blood pressure (greater than140/90), nausea (sometimes with vomiting), andhypersensitivity to noises (which seem louder thanusual) and light (which appears brighter thanusual). Brief periods of hearing and seeing thingsthat are not present (

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