Article provided by: White House Recovery
If you or a loved one is a long-term alcohol user and thinking about stopping, but you’re worried about what will happen if you stop, we got you covered. Abruptly stopping alcohol use or cutting back on your consumption can lead to alcohol withdrawal. Alcohol withdrawal can be a horrifying experience, especially for someone who doesn’t realize they are consuming too much alcohol. Having a good idea of what will happen during the process can help you feel more prepared and ensure that you go through detox without putting yourself in danger.
What Happens After You Quit Drinking?
Nearly half of those who are struggling with addiction experience withdrawal symptoms when they stop drinking. Heavy-drinker can also experience withdrawal if they decrease the amount of alcohol they consume. However, there are three stages of alcohol withdrawal, but not every addict experiences all of them when they quit drinking.
Three Stages of Alcohol Withdrawal
Stage 1: Within 24 Hours of Your Last Drink
Heavy drinkers can begin to experience withdrawal symptoms as early as 2 hours after their last drink, depending on how much and how often they consume alcohol. This stage is the least dangerous, but symptoms vary from person to person. Below are some symptoms you may experience:
- Stomach pain
- Rapid breathing
- Heart palpitations
- Mood swings
- Tremors (shakes)
- Nausea or vomiting
- Insomnia or difficulty sleeping
Stage 2: 24 to 72 Hours After Your Last Drink
The second stage of withdrawal is more dangerous. It usually starts one day after the last drink, or take up to three days to start. Stage Two Symptoms can include:
- Mood swings
- Breathing problems
- Abnormal heart rate
- High blood pressure
- Rise in body temperature
Stage 3: 4 to 7 Days After Your Last Drink
This is the most severe stage of alcohol withdrawal. It is the most severe form of alcohol withdrawal and can be deadly if not treated. Symptoms begin around three days following the last drink and can last for weeks. Symptoms include:
- High fever
Why You Should Never Detox from Alcohol on Your Own
You are endangering your life if you detox on your own. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms can occur rapidly and without warning. They can go from mild to severe within a few seconds and demand immediate medical attention. If you detox on your own, you may be unable to receive treatment in time. Detoxing under the care of medical professionals like White House Recovery and Detox prevents symptoms from spiraling out of control and protects you from potentially life-threatening complications that can arise during withdrawal.
Do You Need Help to Stop Drinking?
Alcohol abuse is an isolating disease, but if you let us, we can help you. If you or a loved one is seriously struggling with alcohol use disorder, reach out to White House Recovery and Detox today. We can help you determine what type of treatment is most appropriate for your needs when you visit our rehab center.
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