How Long Do Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms Last?

Alcohol withdrawals are not hangovers, as hangovers occur after one has had too much to drink in one sitting. Alcohol withdrawal occurs when a consumer has been drinking in unhealthy amounts for too long: they occur when an alcoholic goes long without a drink. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms can vary in severity and length depending on the following factors:

  • Severity of abuse (amount of alcohol consumed and how often)
  • Genetics
  • Age
  • Any other illnesses or conditions

Before you attempt alcohol detox on your own, consult your primary care physician to determine how withdrawal symptoms will damage your health.

What Are the Symptoms of Alcohol Withdrawal?

The symptoms of alcohol withdrawal depend on the factors listed above. For the general person who abuses alcohol the symptoms will include the following problems:

  • Hand tremors
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Night sweats

The above symptoms will generally last for about a week or two, with their intensity spiking about two days after the symptoms begin. For those with severe alcoholism, the symptoms are the same as above but also include these issues:

  • Symptoms similar to the flu
  • Chronic headaches
  • Convulsions
  • Hallucinations
  • Delirium tremens in worst cases, a condition that can persist as long as five days and includes severe confusion, fevers, seizures, agitation and hallucinations

The chronic headache and flu symptoms can last for as long as a month, whereas the rest will fade within five days. If you experience any of these symptoms, seek medical attention as soon as possible.

What Are the Long-Term Symptoms of Alcohol Withdrawal?

Because alcohol alters brain chemistry, there are emotional withdrawal symptoms beyond the physical symptoms listed above. These emotional withdrawal symptoms include any of the following complications:

  • Nightmares
  • Mood swings
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Cravings for alcohol

The emotion withdrawal symptoms of alcohol can last for years with varying intensity. A common trigger for withdrawal symptoms like cravings for more alcohol is attending social events where alcohol is being served. Those seeking to end their alcohol addiction should avoid locations where alcoholic beverages are being distributed.

Never attempt to detox from alcohol alone. Instead, find a professional rehab center that provides both medical and psychological expertise. Attempting to detox without professional help will greatly strengthen withdrawal symptoms and can easily lead to relapse.

Where Can I Find Help Ending Alcohol Addiction?

By calling our toll-free helpline, you will talk with professionals who can advise and support you. The withdrawal symptoms of alcohol are intense and can consume your life if you do not have help. Don’t let that happen to you. We available 24 hours a day, so get free of alcohol addiction and call today!

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