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What You May Feel When You Quit Drinking

Editor Dan Schimmel, LCSW, CAP
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ImageHave you been drinking excessive amounts of alcohol for an extended period of time? If so, the chance of developing an addiction is very real.

Regardless of your past intake or how long you have been drinking, there is always the chance that you will face withdrawal symptoms when you decide to quit.

The more you drink the more likely you are to develop withdrawal symptoms, some of which can be severe.

Generally speaking, these symptoms occur 8 to 12 hours after your last drink. Symptoms typically reach their height within one to three days, however, these can remain persistent for several weeks.

Common Symptoms

When you quit drinking, the following alcohol withdrawal symptoms could come to the forefront:

  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Shakiness
  • Irritability
  • Nightmares
  • Mood swings
  • Inability to think clearly

Along with the above, there are withdrawal symptoms that can be much more serious:

  • Insomnia
  • Headache
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Sweating
  • Tremors
  • Loss of appetite

As you go through alcohol withdrawal, you should be ready to deal with one or more of the symptoms detailed above. How you contend with these depends on many factors, including how severe they become.

For those quitting cold turkey and on their own, it is important to know what you are getting into. It is also essential to receive immediate medical attention should you face any symptoms that are too much for you to handle.

Professional help is available, such as by checking into an alcohol rehab facility. By doing this, you will go through the detoxification process under the watchful eye of experienced, knowledgeable medical professionals. The benefit of professional treatment is that you can receive medication to help lessen the impact of withdrawal symptoms.

It is hard to say how you will feel when you quit drinking until you actually do so. That being said, the withdrawal symptoms above are very common.

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