How long does alcohol withdrawal last, this probably depends on how desensitised the receptors in your brain have become, resulting in a slight or heavy dependence.
Once you have built up a certain level of tolerance and physical dependence it is important not to stop drinking suddenly, as a fast withdrawal can result in unpleasant and dangerous symptoms. Really severe alcohol withdrawal symptoms are known as delirium tremens (DTs).
Alcohol is a central nervous system (CNS) depressant, and a rapid withdrawal from alcohol leads to stimulation of the CNS.
When you undergo detoxification it involves ridding your body of alcohol while managing the dangerous withdrawal symptoms.
Psychological symptoms of alcohol withdrawal include:
Everyone going through withdrawal will have a slightly different experience. The severity of the withdrawal will depend on your personal history and your general health.
The duration of the symptoms will vary, and symptoms begin within 8 hours of your last drink and are usually worst during the first 48 hours, and then will start to improve, as your body adjusts, the process will take 3-7 days.
When you attend a Detox Center the withdrawal from alcohol is medically managed, and during this process, all traces of alcohol are removed from your body.
The Medical Center staff are able to prescribe and offer interventions to help to manage the symptoms of withdrawal and will assist you in reaching a lasting recovery.
After you are free of alcohol toxicity you will be able to move to the next stage of recovery where you develop skills and ideas that will assist you to live a more healthy productive life.
Once you have passed through the post-acute withdrawal phase, you will feel better physically, but your brain chemistry is still adjusting, and this stage can last for two years, during this time you are still at risk of relapse.
To receive the support that you need it is recommended that you follow-up detoxification with an addiction treatment programme. This will further equip you to avoid drinking in the future. A lot of this therapy is group therapy, addressing the sources of addictive behaviour.
Alcohol use disorder is considered a brain disorder, as alcohol acts on the receptors in the brain and sets up a craving for more alcohol.
Alcoholism can strike people of any age, and it sometimes starts when the person is a teenager resulting in years of battling with addiction.
A study by Columbia University indicates a study of young drinkers accounts for 11.4% of all alcohol consumed in the USA. Unfortunately, the age of commencing drinking is getting younger.
Often this is when alcoholism starts, and impairment from alcohol affects many young people. So if drinking is causing a problem in your life or various ongoing problems, it is time to do something about it.
Alcohol Dependence and alcohol abuse are strongly linked to mental health disorders. Drinking can start in the social setting, and in some people progress to stages where alcoholism develops.
This usually happens in stages:
So, we have established that there are three stages in alcoholism. Early, Chronic, and End-Stage, so it is better to recognise the problem early when you have the best chances of being treated and made well again.
People who experience alcohol abuse come from all walks of life, and no two experiences are the same. It doesn’t seem to matter if you are highly educated or haven’t moved past primary school, it seems to be a disorder or disease that can affect anyone.
We have a short quiz that you can take to see if alcoholism affects you, and this is a good idea as the results are totally private.
If you feel that your drinking is getting out of control, the good news is that there is so much help available. The best help is linked to good education programmes that help you fully understand addiction and how to live with and control it in the future, leading you to a better and healthier life. Contact us if you require advice about booking into a detox clinic in the UK.