Alcoholics fear alcohol withdrawal, thus, they choose to drown themselves with alcohol than face few days or a week of battling with the symptoms. Alcohol withdrawal are days of bouts with uncomfortable symptoms. These symptoms are caused by the body’s reaction to the sudden stop of alcohol intake. Whenever the human brain detects an alcoholic environment, especially, every day and happens for months, it releases chemicals to adjust to such environment. Yet, when there is a sudden change, like, sudden withdrawal of alcohol from the body, the body will react negatively as there are released stimulants ready to adapt to the depressant effect of alcohol. As this happens, the person may experience symptoms that are mild or extreme that may be life-threatening.
This article’s focus is the mild alcohol withdrawal. Alcohol withdrawal comes easy or better than the extreme one – delirium tremens. The symptoms of mild alcohol withdrawal more likely begins about five to ten hours after the last heavy drink. The person might experience irritability, anxiety, fuzziness in their cognitive functioning, inability to sleep, may experience disturbing and vivid dreams, nausea and vomiting, feel shaky, tired, cravings for alcohol, mild symptoms of depression, sweating, inability to concentrate, changes to vital signs such as increased heart rate or elevated blood pressure.
Furthermore, the symptoms stated above may be at their peak within 72 hours and may last for few weeks until recovery. Nevertheless, to help a person go through the withdrawal safely, it is advised for the patient to be admitted in the hospital for total abstinence and for proper medication.
In addition, to help the patient recover faster, aside from giving proper medication, full support of the family must be given to remind him that symptoms are unpleasant but are temporary, keep the patient distracted as much as possible, and to remind the person that millions of people have successfully made it through. Support is surely a great help for the stage of recovery.