Sometimes, the pressure of the corporate world just becomes too much to handle. This is when some of us resort to alcohol, to forget stress.
Alcohol has never cured anything. Instead, it has been the root cause of a number of problems. No wonder, the modern day thugs try hard to overcome this habit in the earlier stages. However, giving it up just like that is not easy either. The withdrawal symptoms can be painful and at time even seem life threatening. Of course, the intensity of the symptoms would depend upon the level of addiction.
According to experts, when an alcoholic decides to quit alcohol, he may or may not have to face four different stages.
Here is an account of what to expect while combating with alcoholism.
The first stage of withdrawal usually occurs about 8 to 12 hours after giving up alcohol consumption. This is symbolized by tremors of the limbs. These could be higher in intensity if the person is extremely agitated. Other initial withdrawal symptoms in the first stage are too much sweating, palpitations, nausea, headache, vomiting, anxiety and inability to sleep. These symptoms would usually subside after 24 hours.
This stage usually presents itself about 12 hours after the person quits drinking. About 25% of the people who have been dependent on alcohol for long are believed to experience hallucinations. They hear and see things that no one else can. They may also experience tremors, nausea and other symptoms of the first stage too. However, the symptoms may be a bit more pronounced in the second stage.
People who have been drinking alcohol for a long time can sometimes experience the third stage of withdrawal after 48 hours of quitting drinks. They are generally overcome by seizures. However, these are not the usual seizures that are evident in people with epilepsy. Instead, these are seizures that are spread out over a long period of time and make their presence felt every now and then.
This final stage is called delirium tremens. This is usually the most dangerous of the withdrawal stages and can come into effect even a couple of weeks after the last alcoholic drink. The symptoms associated with this stage are hallucinations, palpitation, dilation of pupils, fever, lack of concentration and attention, confusion, tremors and lot of sweating. It is advisable to get medical intervention for people who are going through this stage. Many people who fail to get medical help have known to succumb to these symptoms.
Once the person’s body gets used to not having alcohol, he or she still might experience certain minor withdrawal symptoms for as long as a year. These include fluctuation in blood pressure levels, depression, anxiety, poor memory, breathing problems and tremulous hands. These would cure themselves with time.
Doctors confess that there are medications that can actually help in reducing the withdrawal symptoms of alcohol. Health experts recommend nutritional supplements to help combat these symptoms. Though the withdrawal symptoms are scary and life threatening, with some support and medical help, one can easily give up the dreaded habit.
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