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Alcohol detox timeline: How long to detox from alcohol?

Onset of alcohol withdrawal usually begins 6–24 hours after the last drink. But what can you expect in terms of moderate alcohol withdrawal symptoms vs. severe symptoms and their duration? We review here, and invite your questions, comments, or feedback at the end.

Alcohol detox duration and length

Alcohol withdrawal symptoms: how long? The duration, length, and severity of alcohol detox all depend on personal factors such as: level of alcohol dependence, personal health, age, gender, etc. However, some general principles exist during alcohol detox, as well. For less severe cases of alcohol dependence, detoxification from alcohol is usually brief, and ends after 2–3 days without treatment. Infrequently, detox may continue for up to 14 days.

How long after your last drink do symptoms of alcohol detox begin? Detox can occur when the blood alcohol level is decreasing, even if a person is still intoxicated. Onset of alcohol detox is usually 6–24 hours after the last drink. Consuming opiates or sedatives may delay the start of detox process.

Alcohol detox timeline and schedule

Alcohol detox duration commonly lasts from around 5-14 days depending on how long the patient has been drinking. This is depends by many factors. The severity of alcohol detoxs also is determined on the number of drinks per day, the total number and severity of past withdrawal episodes, usage of sedative drugs, and the number of health problems.

First stage: 0—72 hours

When does alcohol detox start? Between 0—72 hours of an alcohol detox, general symptoms may occur. Initial symptoms include tremor, anxiety, insomnia, restlessness, and nausea. These symptoms usually subside without treatment after a few days in people only mildly dependent on alcohol. However, more serious withdrawal symptoms occur in approximately 10% of people going through alcohol detox. These symptoms can include:

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  • fever
  • increased blood pressure
  • increased body temperature
  • increased breathing rate
  • increased pulse
  • profuse sweating
  • rapid breathing
  • seizure
  • tremors

In cases of severe alcohol dependency, severe symptoms begin to manifest early on. Convulsion attacks or seizures usually start early in the detox process, around 7-24 hours after the last drink of alcohol, and do not always occur in a single episode. Seizures may manifest in people of any age and are followed by muscle contractions and possible loss of consciousness. People with a previous history of severe alcohol withdrawal should be observed regularly during this time.

Second stage: 2—5 days

During the first week of alcohol detox, other forms of severe symptoms may occur, including delirium tremens (“the DTs”). Delirium tremens is the most severe form of alcohol detox syndrome, and medical intervention is needed. It usually develops 2–5 days after stopping or considerably reducing alcohol consumption. This state of the body includes severe symptoms, extreme restlessness or agitation, autonomic instability, gross tremor, confusion and disorientation paranoid ideation, hallucinations (any senses). Its mild symptoms are: nervousness, shakiness depression, mood swings, nightmares, not thinking clearly.

How long to detox from alcohol?

Alcohol detox duration typically lasts from 5-14 days but symptoms can persist for weeks or months after detox, depending on how long the patient has been drinking and the stage of alcoholism. In fact, some people may experience continued fatigue, insomnia, mood instability, reduced sexual interest, and hostility for weeks after their last drink. This subset of symptoms are called “protracted/post-acute” withdrawal symptoms (PAWS).

Acute symptoms of withdrawal occur at the beginning of the detoxification period, and they last for about 2 weeks. After this period, people may experience protracted withdrawal symptoms that last for a considerable period of time. Medical research indicates that a protracted withdrawal syndrome may develop following acute withdrawal and may persist for at least 1 year after your last drink. Common PAWS symptoms include:

  • anxiety
  • decreased energy
  • decreased metabolism
  • depression
  • hostility
  • reduced sexual interest
  • sleep disruption
  • tremors

Alcohol detox scheduling questions

Do you still have questions about alcohol detox? Please ask any other questions about alcohol detox in the comments section below. We are here to help and will try to respond to your questions personally and promptly.

Reference Sources: NIAAA: Complications of Alcohol Withdrawal
NCBI: Substance Abuse Treatment for Persons With Co-Occurring Disorders

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100 Responses to “Alcohol detox timeline: How long to detox from alcohol?
monica
8:57 am July 27th, 2014

I was in detox for alcohol and benzo abuse after 10 years sobriety and relapsing for a year and a half really hard. after 6 detoxes I was having seizures. this time I did a very rapid 3 day taper with Ativan, left there feeling ok. and didn’t take my seizure medicine. at exactly 2 weeks I had 3 seizures. I am very scared. it is now 3 weeks. any advice would be appreciated. im back on seizure medicine – Topamax, for a week now, but felt a slight aura today so am afraid to leave the house. I will never drink again. I don’t even need to say one day at a time. not after all of this. thank you…

Elizabeth
4:36 am December 15th, 2014

I have been drinking one bottle of wine every night for the past two almost three years. I am starting to get up to one and a half bottles per night. This is why I want to stop. I’m scared of detoxing. My husband is going to help me and I have clonazepam. I weight 135 and pretty healthy. How much and when should I take clonazepam. I also will be taking vitimins. I can’t tell a Dr so any help and our advice would be appreciated.

4:57 pm December 29th, 2014

Hello Elizabeth. I understand you stated doctor’s help is out of the question, but it really isn’t safe or recommended to detox from alcohol without doctor’s clearance and medical assistance. You should be fully examined before attempting to quit and supervised during your detox from alcohol. Please do this by the book, for your own safety.

cindy
7:38 pm January 6th, 2015

Im on day 6 of a detox from 2 bottles of wine every other day. Had progressed to whisky and had some really scary things happen and stopped drinking on 1-1-15. Not using meds but feeling pretty anxious. Any insight??

jenny
7:33 pm January 13th, 2015

If I’ve been drinking heavily for the past two weeks (pint of vodka or two bottles of wine, quickly) during the day and also at night, I’m I going to experience withdrawal symptoms? Should I try to taper down first? My psychiatrist didn’t seem to concerned, but I kinda am.

4:02 pm January 14th, 2015

Hello Cindy. I’d suggest that you look into help with an addictions psychologist, who is knowledgeable in symptoms of withdrawal and treatment of psychological issues surrounding the drinking. Any kind of detox from alcohol requires psychological treatment for continued sobriety. My best to you!

1:12 pm January 16th, 2015

Hi Jenny. You’ll probably need a few days in bed due to low energy and the stress your organism will go through. Please see a doctor or talk to a pharmacist about what you can do to help the symptoms when you quit.

Tim
6:54 am February 25th, 2015

Hi I’m on my third day without a drink. I have drank heavily for many years. And used to having 5 plus strong drinks a day. I’m sweating pretty Good and was wondering if anyone could tell me how long this might last. And how important it is to see a doctor . I am very terrified of needles so really can’t do doctor without something to calm me down before going . any thoughts would be helpful. Thank you

12:41 am March 12th, 2015

Hi Tim. Yes, see a doctor. Alcohol withdrawal can be dangerous, so please don’t attempt to do everything on your own. It’s best if someone else can drive you to the doctor’s, and if not call a cab. I don’t believe it’s safe to drive in such state. I hope you get better soon!

Stephen
4:34 pm March 13th, 2015

Last year I was drinking 70 units a week and had a minor operation. I cut out all alcohol voluntarily for three days and had no withdrawal symptoms. 12 months later I’m wanting to cut down significantly from my usual 70 units to 21 units per week. Is it safe just to do that straight away?

Dan
3:11 am March 31st, 2015

I was a blackout vodka drinker a few times a week for the better part of 2 years. I went into treatment, relapsed shortly after, got dry for about 6-7 months, relapsed for 6-8 weeks and have been sober now for about 6 months again.
I haven’t talked to a doctor or another alcoholic yet, (hitting a meeting tomorrow at noon) but I figured I’d put a feeler out here as well. In the past few days I’ve been getting some of the old physical feelings of early withdrawal. I have the old feeling of clamminess, some physical, skin sensetivity, (I always felt like it was having tinfoil for skin… weird, I know) dry throat, and the metallic taste in my lips and throat. I am fully aware that these could be the symptoms of a cold coming on, but I wanted to ask about this here. The physical sensations feel very much like when I would go several hours without a drink while in my active alcoholism. I guess I was just wondering if there was any possible physical cause, or if it is most likely a mental, maybe psychosomatic thing. If anyone has any thoughts, I’d welcome them :)

Ken
8:38 am April 5th, 2015

Going on four weeks from 4 straight years og heavy vodka use, stopped cold turkey. Developed pneumonia, mono and Lyme disease 3-7 days out….I am thinking clearly but joints and fuzzy headless have grown worse,..

Is this still withdrawl?

Levi
6:48 pm April 7th, 2015

I drink around 20 to 25 beers a day, sometimes other types of alcohol. I have not gone a day without in a couple of years. The last few months I’ve started feeling withdrawal symptoms after only like 10 hours, which scares me. it’s taking a toll on my weight, mood for sex, overall health. I don’t think I can go cold turkey. Should I try and taper off my drinking, or what should I try to do. I don’t have anyone to talk to. Please any suggestions etc would be great.

4:56 pm April 15th, 2015

Hi Levi. I’d advise you to see a doctor first. During these years of drinking you may have damaged your organisms health in manners that require professional medical assistance in order for you to quit successfully. There is a range of medications that can block the withdrawal symptoms from alcohol and also stop alcohol cravings. This way you will be able to focus on treating your addiction without going through the stressful withdrawal stage and without feeling the temptation to grab a beer.

4:58 pm April 15th, 2015

Hi Ken. Yes, what you are feeling may be the protracted withdrawal symptoms. Ask your doctor about effective ways you can treat these symptoms.

Nick
5:59 pm April 26th, 2015

I’ve been drinking around a liter of whiskey a night for about six months. I’m on day two with none, but last night I had this horribly vivid dream/nightmare. It felt so real as in I think I was awake during it. I feel horrible right now I feel like I’m floating above my body like I’m not here so to speak. I’m sweaty I’m anxious. I just am wondering how long this type stuff will last. Somebody please answer me and let me know

Alan
5:47 pm May 9th, 2015

Nick: Been an alcoholic who has quit and detoxed many times over the last 30 years. Currently 6 days sober after another run. 2 days in are a dangerous , crucial time. Dts usually begin then and that is when the fun begins, get through this period safely, usually around 3-5 days, and although you will not be home and dry yet, there is a fair chance, if you really want it that is, that you will get there. It won’t be easy and I hope you made it. I realize that this comment won’t directly help you now, as that time will have passed, I hope you are still on the right track and others may find it of use, either way all the very best..

Alan
6:02 pm May 9th, 2015

Just thought I would add to my above comment. Any one coming off alcohol abruptly need to be medically supervised in some way. The reason for this is that when the DTs strike so can life threatening seizures. That said not everyone, including myself , can afford this. We are lucky that we have an N.H.S here in the U.K where you can see your own G.P (.M.D) for free and at least be given some librium for a controlled home detox. Either way I can’t stress enough that it is a dangerous practice to go it on your own and some, even if very basic, medical assistance is required.

Sophie
2:21 pm May 26th, 2015

I have been looking after a friend of 20 years who sudfers severe post traumatic stress, he has been drinking roughly 3 litres of vodka per day, his physical and mental health dramatically changed in that time, trying to seek help for my friend from turning point , GP, and MHS has proved impossible due to lack of compliance ( mental instability “paranoia” preventing this) I was told to walk away block/ delete number “some people just can’t be helped”
Being his only contact and only source of getting drink” ( he could not leave the flat ) I was able to reduce this slowly down to 1 litre of vodka, no help support guidance given by any professional,
Last Friday I came to my limit the affects the whole situation was having in me and my family I made the hardest decision of my life, it could not continue ( I was putting my own life /health at risk) to not supply the drink,
I told him that day of my decision, I refused to block and delete him as adviced by the mental health and have still been to check and to supply essential goods,
I made it clear that I will be there for him in this recovery he knew to contact me if He felt the need for help ( always refused help in fear of being sectioned)
He obviously wasn’t happy at first and has suffered immensely, I have been waiting on a time bomb which has broken my heart, we are now day 5 in detox and already I am seeing an improvement, mental he is more stable and he admits himself it was the best decision I made , I don’t want to get high hopes but I am hoping this is a massive turning point

hari
11:00 am July 4th, 2015

Hi,I am on 4 day of soberity and taking 10 mg librium and 0.5mg etizola in afternoon and 20 mg librium and 0.5mg etizola at night,can i have sex with my partner…..

bethany
3:32 am July 11th, 2015

My mother ia detoxing. She hasnt had a drink in 16 days but she is still hallucinating. Do you think she could still be detoxing or what is going on??

moon
4:48 am July 11th, 2015

To everyone who want to stop drinking: 1. It is very important for you to go through an alcohol detox program—–alcohol withdrawal can lead to death (specially for someone drinking heavily and everyday), medical intervention is a must. 2. Get professional help to figure out what’s the causes for you alcohol abuse.
Don’t ever tired to do a detox at home by yourslef. Best of luck to all of you and your love ones. Life is hard but still worth to live it, be strong. With some medical professional help, you will be able to get through this.

5:04 pm July 15th, 2015

Hi Bethany. Is your mother being supervised by a doctor? Please take her to the hospital where medical professionals can examine her to see why she’s still having hallucinations and find a way to help lessen the withdrawal symptoms.

Tam-Tam
10:42 pm July 18th, 2015

My sister chugged 2 pints of liquor every day except the weekend and then it was 4 pints She has huge financial responsibilities including caring for our other sisters cancer treatments She refuses to have this in her medical records, July 14 had her last Vodka and promptly went to the ER under the guise of chest pains on the 15th.. She was admitted as a blood clot was located on her right lung. MRI’s on chest and belly, full blood workup. All else fine. During her 1 night stay, she had a seizure.. They gave her Ativan and chalked it up to anxiety. Sent her home with 15 more pills. She wants to stop drinking. Will the Ativan keep her from dying due to seizure? I am so frightened for her but she is refusing to tell the truth, Monday morning the 20th of July her ER doc made an appointment with her DO and she is going but still wont tell him. Just wants refill on ativan so she can not miss work but not die in the mean time, She did have another seizure last night. This makes 3 nights in a row. She is 53, drinking like this for 2 full years. Can I help her at home? She wants this to work but also not send her to the proverbial poor house,losing home,job ,family health insurance ect…Can some kind soul please tell us how long the seizures will last? She also has slight DTS but knows they are not real. We thank you!

Cary
9:20 pm July 22nd, 2015

I just finished alcohol detox in the hospital. I it OK to be around friends that are drinking?

11:23 am July 23rd, 2015

Hi Cary. In recovery, it is advised to avoid people and places where alcohol is present, at least until you can control the urge to drink again. Hanging out with friends who drink too soon, and you will be playing with fire.

Jacqui
10:12 pm July 28th, 2015

There is hope! I was drinking a bottle and a half for 9 years. Drowning my sorrows after my brother and dad died. I literally woke up one day and decided not to drink. Apart from the first day (hangover from hell) I have been fine. No withdrawal symptoms at all. I do tend to always have some form of liquid in my hand(water/tea/juice etc) but that’s habit. I encourage everyone to make a change but maybe not the way I did it. Everyone is different and so reacts differently. Good luck!

Jude
5:14 pm August 8th, 2015

Hello,

I have been searching for information about delayed onset of alcohol withdrawal and am learning that this seems to be an under-researched area. I was wondering where the information you provided about opiates delaying alcohol withdrawal came from and if you have more information about this? Anything at all would be so useful.

Many thanks,

Jude

Martin
11:55 pm August 10th, 2015

I was a also for years been off it over a year and lately I feel I am coming down off it again what the hell is going on

B
8:29 am August 23rd, 2015

I’ve been a pretty steady beer drinker for the last 7-8 years. (35 years old now) over a month ago, i decided to quit. i was an 8-12 12oz. beers a night drinker. every night except for twice last year when i got sick, and didnt drink for 3-4 days till i felt better. anyways, i have been slowly tapering off since my decision to quit, and am now down to 4 12oz. beers a night. i am so ready to just quit and be done, but i’m worried about withdrawals. should i cut back further, or am i safe at this point to give it up?

Mom
9:38 am August 29th, 2015

Will Darvocet act in the same manner as Valium to ease symptoms of withdrawal. My 45 yr old son relapse 2 wks after 90 days at Betty Ford. Wants to quit but is detoxing here. Should we ween off with beer or not.?

Nichole
2:48 am September 18th, 2015

My husband was admitted to detox 9 days ago…. Around 1 bottles of whiskey a day and a case of beer, at least that’s what he can remember drinking each day. He starts around 7 am and usually drinks all day until he blacks out. I saw him today for the first day since I took him there. I was horrified to see him in the condition he is in, he is not mentating right, he isn’t himself, his physical appearance is awful, he is retaining so much fluid that it is very upsetting to see him like this. I truly thought after nine days he would sound so much better, I truly thought I would see “him” again but to my shocking it was the total opposite, does anyone else have experiences with “severe alcohol detox” and when I can see him come back to me?

Danny
4:30 am October 5th, 2015

I would drink 3 to 4 beers or 3 to4 glasses of wine every week night some nights more and on the weekend nights around 10 or more drinks. I have been doing this for about 30 years. I had my last drink 3 weeks ago. I still feel absolutely terrible everyday. I would have thought I would be past this by now. Why do I still feel so bad everyday? No energy, headaches, body aches, etc. Not sure what to do.

rikia
9:21 am October 7th, 2015

I’m 25 I became a heavy drinker starting may of this year an since then o drank 2-3 axes a day or 6 pack or more of beer. I only did it to cover up my anxiety so this became an almost everyday thing the longest I’ve been sober is 2-3 days now I’m to the point where I want to quit but scared of if I might have withdrawal.

john
7:12 pm October 14th, 2015

I am 63 and ha ve been drinking most of my life after work about 5-6 pints sometimes more. I have decided to stop because of health reasons. haven’t had a drink now for 8 days feeling awfull no energy week clamy is this normal

Mike
7:29 am October 31st, 2015

50 y.o. male. I have been drinking 12-16 beers a day for 6 years (before that 6-9 for 3 yrs). I eat a good diet, and take well-researched supplements (multi-vitamin, b-complex, COQ-10, L-Carnitine, Alpha lipoid acid, 2g of fish oil, and milk thistle), and I eat fruits and veggies, and add fiber. I do 4-6 hours of aerobic, and 3 days of weights per week. However, I am 5’11”, and 195lbs and BMI of 26. I also take 0.5mg of Xanax – low dose and not while drinking.

I feel tapering off over the next 2 weeks will be less painful and more safe. It will however, be tempting to drink more than the schedule since it’s a longer tapering time. I just want to be safe about it.
I plan on drinking Gatorade to keep electrolytes in balance, and only do MILD exercise, and not my regular program as I get halfway through the taper. I also plan to monitor my blood pressure, and heart rate. I thought about adding L-Glutamine to my diet, and eating lots of fruits and vegetables and water.
How much Gatorade should I substitute for electrolyte balance? Am I missing anything here?
I might take an extra 0.25 of Xanax for last couple of days.

I feel that tapering off is the best.

Jenny
7:18 pm November 2nd, 2015

That is a very normal rsponse. hang in there.

cj
7:34 pm November 6th, 2015

im worried about being shaky for work tomorrow. once i get through that, i should be ok. went on a bender for about a week while on vacation. wondered if xanax helps

Kay
8:45 pm November 7th, 2015

I am an alcoholic! I know that is my first step to recovery..I ‘ve raised my children, and they are very angry at me…you see I didn’t drink while raising my children.. I have grandchildren now, and made many mistakes while drinking. I don’t want my life to be dependant on alcohol.. My children believe that I can jus t choose to stop, I raised them to believe that way. I know from my experiences that it doesn’t work that way..I cannot go to them for help, and they aren’t there for me…I have custody of my granddaughter who is a special needs child. I have just laid alcohol down four days ago. I have been told my children that withdrawals are in my head, also expected to be what they expect of their mother.I have no one in my life right, and my grown kids as well. That’s enough to make anyone drink.I have to take care of grandchild, she has no one but me.she loves me so much. What should I do?

5:51 pm November 10th, 2015

Hello Kay. I believe it would be best for you to stop drinking, but consider doing it with the help of a proper treatment program. If you have questions about your alcoholism treatment options, immediate assistance is available. Call our free helpline to speak with our trusted treatment providers.

Linn
9:12 pm November 28th, 2015

Hi,
I’m not sure how old this is. I’m hoping to get some feedback. My question is, I drank just about every night for years, more beer than hard liquor a few nips. Is it possible that I had no symptoms in the beginning. It’s 8 days now and I am feeling it now, shaking, no sleep , decreased appetite, paranoia and a few other symptoms.
Thank you,
Linn

2:44 pm November 30th, 2015

Hi Lynn. Yes, withdrawal can have a belated onset, since it occurs as all traces of alcohol start to be eliminated from your organism. That’s when your body and brain start to crave it. I suggest you start taking 100 mg of thiamine (Vitamin B1); a magnesium supplement may help improve general withdrawal symptoms, as can an oral multivitamin formula containing folic acid (take it only for a few weeks).

Keep in mind that you can benefit from counseling sessions and group therapy. There will be cravings, triggers, and situations that will act upon that old need to drink, and having a professional, as well as peer support can make a great difference. Good luck to you Linn!

Bill
12:57 am January 9th, 2016

I am a severely long time heavy drinker. I typically drink a bottle of vodka a day. I have not had a drop of alcohol for 14 days. My doctor prescribed Zoloft that I have been taking consistently for about 21 days now (50mg). At the same time that I started the withdrawal process from alcohol, I came down with a bad sinus and ear infection. I went to the doctor for this and have been taking an antibiotic for 4 days (Levofloxacin). When I first stopped the alcohol I had the shakes, sweats, chills, nausea and even flinching and random movements in my sleep. I am talking in my sleep and moving my hands and legs my wife says frequebtly. I am also having some confusion and having very vivid dreams, and at times, seeing things that aren’t in the room. I am tired and sleeping a lot. Is this normal to be still going on for alcohol withdrawal? Should I be taking the Zoloft? I do not feel the urge to drink as I normally would though. I am hoping that these sleep disorders will all ease up after some time. I plan to call my doctor after the weekend. Any insights or suggestions would be helpful.

Jane
3:04 pm January 11th, 2016

I have been drinking at least 20 + units a day for years now usually starting around mid afternoon, I am now into day 11 of unsupervised abstinence experiencing achng joints, lethargy and mild anxiety, headaches and now oversleeping in the mornings, no other symptoms but I don’t feel any better which isn’t encouraging in helping me see the reasons for staying off the sauce

Stan
5:59 pm January 15th, 2016

I’ve been on a what seems like a two year binge with periods of sobriety, but, have been drinking straight for six days, and when I say straight, I mean I fall asleep, wake up, and drink. (Whiskey) not feeling drunk even anymore, but, I wake up feeling soo down, and sick inside, I just start drinking again, I know what I need to do, just really want to be confronted by anyone, my neighbor has checked in me, I tell him I’m sick…something has got to give

John
1:15 pm January 30th, 2016

Have had my
Last drink 15 days ago after years of drinking at least 1 litre of port per day, & am still experiencing tremors. How long can this last & could I possibly have caused permanent damage in some way?

John
1:43 pm January 30th, 2016

I have just recently left a comment that after 15 days of ceasing alcohol, after consuming a min. Of a litre of port per day for many, many years yet still having tremors. I deliberately left out all the other things I had gone through after the usual vomiting associated with alcohol poisoning ( obviously a result of well exceeding my usual daily amount) this was all followed by a period I have only been through about 6 times in my life – the horrors, though not hallucinations as such, seeing strong images when my eyes were shut, paranoia, confusion & on other occasions auditory hallucinations. Very scary indeed. It is just not worth it. Yes! Something has got to give but I believe I am now in a good place. I can well understand why some people are on suicide watch when withdrawing.

Bob
5:21 am February 5th, 2016

Always known I’ve had unhealthy drinking habits, but never had problem stopping when I went to work, and I can work 4 week shifts dry. I was laid off in late October, and was very bummed because of reasons more than the money. I’ve drank heavily the last 3 months. Ten days ago I had a very unsatisfying drunk, which was weird, and I smoked two packs, also weird. I haven’t drank or smoked since, and I haven’t had a single craving for either. That being said, it’s been far from easy.

Sober for 9 days and I have first stage symptoms still, excepting seizures.
I’m always to hot or cold, I can saturate a bed in an hour, and I mean saturate. In the day time I go through shirts like some people chew gum. When I get cold, no amount of blankets will keep my whole body from convulsing for the next 45 minutes. Headaches, nausia, acid reflux, and loss of appetite are my constant companions. I drink water all day and night due to the sweats, but my lips are always dry. There’s been days I was so nauseous I ate nothing but rice, fruit flavored tums, and advil. I’m 25 and I have to cum twice a day. If I tried going without masterbation or sex, day 3 and beyond are at risk of me unloading unholy proportions in my sleep. Since I quit drinking I haven’t even had a boner.

My big issue is the loss of sleep due to all these factors; I don’t believe I’ve gotten more than two hours in a row. I would go to the doctor but I suspect I’d be given benzos. Between the sweats and freezes, I feel it could be unhealthy to sleep through the swings.

steven
6:12 am February 21st, 2016

(you can delete this post but i wanted to suggest that you might mean “organ” not “organism”)
Thanks for the awesome article and comments section!

Peter
5:28 am February 22nd, 2016

I was a after work moderate drinker/weekend binger for 15 yrs. Then I stopped working and drank about 10 vodka shots a day for 5 yrs. I entered a.a. 2 yrs. ago, went clean a while and started doing 4 day binges about once a month. I have had depression, cold sweats and crazy dreams a few days after I stopped. Same after my last short binge on the days after the Superbowl. The last one really made me feel bad, mostly very guilty, as I do have a support system. I’ve had a good 12 days and really want to get my first year clean. Been all into recovery lately, speaking eloquently at a.a. and buddying up with people at my level of recovery. Today I had a mild anxiety attack and it wasn’t too fun. I know smoking doesn’t help. I know this anxiety will get better, but wow, how can I stop the insanity? I’m pretty sure I will go 40 days clean, as I committed to Christ for lent. After that I will get all high on life and be right back in jeopardy. Any suggestions? I know I could end up in the hospital if I don’t stop. And it’s one thing to hurt myself, but my family doesn’t deserve to suffer also. I’ve been to over 300 a.a. meetings. Now what?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
2:53 pm February 22nd, 2016

Hi, Steven. “Organism” means “human body. Thank for the lovely words.

Lori
12:57 am February 25th, 2016

I have been drinking 12-15 “hobo beers” (very cheap and very strong) 3 nights a week for the past year, since I got laid off. Before that, I would have 24 normal beer every weekend and feel like hell at work on Monday. In 2012, after a weeklong vacation where I binged every night, I landed in the hospital with tremors so bad that I couldn’t stand up. Since then, I’ve been so terrified of having it happen again that I don’t leave the house the day after drinking. I have now been sober for five days and the withdrawal had mostly been severe fuzziness and agitation, but I’m scared to go out walking or shopping or anything just in case I get a massive case of the shakes again. Is it possible to get an onset of the tremors after this long or is the withdrawal just making me paranoid?

douglas
8:54 pm March 9th, 2016

I’m assisting my girlfriend through this ,5-9 seizures a day ..less frequency but has holes in memory… This is her 6th day..I’m doing more for her than the hospital has…please pray for to have the strength to carry her burden..I have enough love to stay…! Thank you.

Suresh
2:33 pm March 15th, 2016

I am 26 I have faced alcohol withdrawal seizures for 2 times in six months 1st time I don’t know that the seizures is due to withdrawal as I didn’t stop drinking and the 2nd one caused when I willingly stopped drinking with in 48hours,I have a doubt after undergoing detoxifacation treatment,and stopped drinking.Do seizures reoccur after it or may hav chances to get again????????plz help

Lorrie
7:07 pm March 19th, 2016

Will I experience severe withdrawal symptoms if I quit cold turkey after drinking half a bottle of wine a day for several years

Melissa
11:45 am March 22nd, 2016

I been drinking for about three weeks every day. I drink half a pint of brandy. I wanna stop but I’m scared if I withdrawal. Will I withdrawal?

12:47 pm March 23rd, 2016

Hello Suresh. Seizures commonly occur in people who’ve been using alcohol chronically and for a longer period of time. They usually occur 6 to 48 hours after you’ve had your last drink, and it is common for several seizures to occur over several consecutive hours. The risk peaks at 24 hours, and is drastically lower as you keep away from alcohol consumption.

Stephanie
9:23 am March 25th, 2016

I am on a detox from the hospital a home 1 that’s lasting 7 days I didn’t take yesterday’s tablets and drank 1 bottle of wine… I feel ok and want to get back on track I had a shit shit day yesterday and just needed it, will I be ok to continue today as normal I am to scared to tell any one

Aaron
10:25 pm March 26th, 2016

Hi, I’ve been drinking a litre of vodka every night and detoxed multiple times over the past 7 years. I recently had a 6 day bender (litre a night again) and am worried I might get dt’s ( have easily spent more time drinking than not over the years. I am taking B1, multi-vitamin, magnesium and valerian but no benzo’s and have been off cold turkey for a day and a half now. Sweats are over, but have major insomnia and sporadic anxiety as the valerian ware’s off (1 tablet twice a day), headache, muscle pain etc. This is the first time I have gone cold Turks with no benzo’s. What is the chance I would get dt’s after only a 6 day binge ( with 40 days sober prior to this)? I really don’t feel that bad at the moment compared to prior detoxes with benzo’s. I’m 36 yr old male, pretty fit (2hr cardio session 3 days per week, weight training other days, and very healthy diet (when I’m not drinking)

Holly
2:11 am April 1st, 2016

If I stopped drinking for 60 days then drank one night will I have withdrawls

Alfredo
5:52 pm May 12th, 2016

What medecin can I used to detox from alcohol

Jah
10:45 am May 15th, 2016

I didn’t have any withdrawal symptoms,except I feel tired and lightheaded 6 weeks after my last drink.I thing this is because of my neck or some other issue? I was drinking one bottle of wine every night for several years.

Anna
2:39 pm May 16th, 2016

I drink 10 units per day 7 days a week. I want to stop but not sure what to do.
Will I get bad withdrawel from quitting 10units a day?
Thx

bill
4:55 am May 17th, 2016

i have been sober for approximatly 5 weeks.is loss of consintration an being disorented part of my detox an if so will my brain straighten out in time.i also just started feeling fatigue and body ach during the day.

10:03 am May 17th, 2016

Thanks for sharing, Bill. Stay strong!

Mike
12:58 am May 20th, 2016

If you have been sober 2 1/2 years and drink one time will you have alcohol withdrawal like the person did when they were drinking heavily or will it take time to develop withdrawal symptoms?

Margie
12:31 pm May 20th, 2016

My husband is now nearly 2 weeks sober – drinking around 6 litres vodka a week for 2 years. He’s on medication, but he still seems shakey. He has difficulty walking, sleeping, is tired but has little bursts of energy, has difficulty making conversation but then has pockets of clarity. His memory isn’t good either, so doesn’t remember what he’s doing, is forgetting to eat, etc.
Are these symptoms of detox? Or could he still be drinking (he says he’s not but I’m not sure whether to believe it)? I’m really worried…

Violet
12:56 pm May 21st, 2016

Hello,
I am writing because my youngest sister is a heavy drinker. She is 30 years old and she drinks at least 6-12 beers per day. She moved in with me a little over a month ago after her boyfriend broke up with her. They had been living together for a couple years.
My sister has been drinking pretty much every day for the past 5 years or so. She doesn’t just have a couple beers at night to unwind, she gets wasted every time. She has been hammered every single night since she moved in and I am concerned. She just lost her job yesterday and she tells me they just stopped scheduling her. I think she might be lying because she doesn’t want to tell me she got fired. I think her alcohol consumption is a reason for not only her recent break up but also for her getting fired yesterday.
I haven’t said anything to her about her drinking for a while. I wanted to let her grieve the end of her last relationship and I figured she might just be drinking so much to numb that pain. Unfortunately, I think she drinks heavily like this even when she is not upset.
It is time for her to stop. I know I cannot do it for her and I know it’s not even my choice whether or not she stops or not. She is my little sister and I love her very much. I cannot sit and watch her continue to get wasted each day anymore. I can’t lose her.
What I would like to know is: How do I know if my sister should go into an inpatient detox or if she can do it at home. She has Kaiser Insurance and I think it covers inpatient detox, but I am not sure. Don’t all insurance plans have to cover this these days? Is there any sign I can look for that might let me know if she needs to go inpatient to detox safely or not?
Is there a best way to bring the subject of her excessive drinking up without seeming like I am being too judgemental or critical?

suresh
3:40 pm May 23rd, 2016

I am on 150 days of quitting smoking after 45 years of habit. I am 63 now. I am still feeling carving at times. Never had once after quitting. Was chain smoker. How long this will continue? please guide if possible. thanks

Mark
11:12 am May 25th, 2016

Hi. My story. I’m a 31 year old make, and from the 18 of 18 I realised a few and a night used to help me sleep. I did that pretty much everyday up till I was 26, with the odd weekend binge when out etc. My problems started when I met a girl, who used to really binge at the weekend with spirits and wines etc, pub all day, etc etc. I was seeing her at the weekends and one night in the week, I was drinking the same but binged which her heavy at the weekend, when we split, I went back to my normal amounts, but it felt like it wasn’t enough, I saw a councilor and someone from the hospital like a support worker. Who explained it was increased anxiety and mild withdrawals. I was safe to go cold turkey. I lasted 4 dry months …. But the pains and anxiety wasn’t really any better and I thought what’s the point. I had a drink, thought I could trust myself but I I learnt that this masked the anxiety and it gradually increased back to every night Then it went to drinking in the day, then in the mornings. Couple of cans before going to work etc, then by 11 I’d be feeling anxious and have to sneak out for a couple more. Then the worse thing I went on an all inclusive holiday for a week with my new partner, I’m scared of flying so had to have stron drinks before getting on the plane. Drank spirits like no tommorow whilst over there, made it look like lemonade, as I went to the bar would order vodka lemonade, if my partner went if just ask for a lemonade just to hide it etc. So mum drinks when I went looked like lemonade.
After coming back, I just couldn’t get the balance right, was drinking more cans, then the thought of going to toilet every 20 mins the bloated stomach. I changed to wine, then little 1 glass bottles, easy to hide, quicker better effect, not as bloated and the toilet runs reduced, my day pretty much consisted of hiding it best I could, making excuses to go out for a meal or a drink to the Mrs, just so j could have proper beer and look normal doin it lol…. Then feb of this yer we split, understandable, my drinking went through the roof, I went on self destruct, I didn’t know if I was hurting because of damage by the drink, wether it was anxiety, or withdrawals, and up to the 2 weeks before going to the hospital I went self destruct, vodka in the mornings, off work I’d go pub. Have a southern comfort with every pint, go home at tea time, with 8 Stella’s and 2 normal size bottles of wine. It was like I was thinking there’s no way I’ll wake up in the morning. 2 weeks of that I snapped out of it, I’d still managed to keep my job and thought I’ve got something worth fighting for.

I tried to cut down, went back to cans only, but it just wasn’t enough, I again could t get the balance right, I’d have 2 cans and 30 minutes later I’d feel awful. And because I have a health anxiety, always thought it was something else and abit to die, I’d tremor. See things, hear voices, I was think g this can’t be right I’m still drinking, then on a Wednesday before work, 2 weeks ago, I pulled up outside a shop, about 8 am, again tremouring sweating, I thought I’m not doing this, not another day like this, battling just to get through, I bought 4 cans,phoned work told them I won’t be in, went straight to hospital, drove my self,had the 2 cans in car park.

They took good care of me, put me on drips, kept me in over night, tablets to take the withdrawals off, they really did rally round for me and provide really good care. It gave me the condfidence when they said we think your safe to go cold turkey now.

So I did, I’m now 14 days no drinking at all, I must admit the 1st 3 days were hard, which took me to about Sunday, I managed a full week at work from the Monday, had a good weekend again, then Monday Tuesday and Wednesday which is today seem to be the hardest??? Feel very dizzy, like I’m not in my own body, clammy, seems to be mainly the mornings, very strong .. Then just through the day bad spells, but they pass quite quick, because o have health anxiety, I’m convinced it’s a problem, heart or some other organ not running right, but I’ve been checked, tested n so on many times lol.. I suppose it’s no coincidence that I’ve come off the booze? … I’m trying to convince myself that get to g through that first year dry and I’ll see the improvements. I’m kind of gutted my first week was better than my 2nd week, I just expected every day to be better and better. But I suppose the body adjusts??? I suppose it realises hang on you aren’t putting any more in? .. I guess I’ve done the 2 week now, reading these comments and posts help, I’m back at mum n dads. Eating properly and drinking plenty of water, on vitamins, trying to give my body the best chance.

I’ve avoided councilong and groups, just because of the anxiety, and feeling the need to drink after. I’ve done it alone with my family’s help.

I really wish the first time I quit that if given it longer than 4 months before thinking no change may as well drink just to feel relaxed and at peace….

Keep up the work people, it will be worth it in the end…. Thanks for reading my story…

Mark.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
3:03 pm May 27th, 2016

Thanks for sharing, Mike.

Kyle
5:05 am May 30th, 2016

I have recently quit drinking, and was hospitalized for the first 24 hours due to tremors, tachycardia, chest pain, etc. After 2 days of being on a benzodiazapine (librium) I took myself off it and was doing fine. I got into a routine of waking up early, reading the AA book, eating a healthy breakfast, and exercising for an hour. I was feeling better everyday, and my sleeping patterns were finally beginning to return to normal(ish). But today, on my 14th day of sobriety, I had a severe panic/anxiety attack. I woke up around 7:30, and felt symptoms around 11am. By 12pm I was incapacitated by fear and trembling. It’s currently pm and I still feel mild symptoms come and go. Is this common? I thought I was past the hard part….

Steve
1:27 pm June 1st, 2016

I have been drinking 5 to 10 pints a day and not eating. The doc prescribed me benzos yesterday for accute withdraw. I had a beer today. After taking the meds What will the combo do? Just could not resist a beer but not going to have 2-3….

Aaron
4:24 pm June 3rd, 2016

Hi All, another week after being admitted to the emergency department for severe withdrawals, 2 days left to go on benzo’s then i’m going to have to battle it out again and try not to drink EVER AGAIN.
I want to make a really important point or few in this post.
Alcohol is the number 1 reason for emergency admissions here in Australia. The stuff is toxic, and I know what it’s like to be addicted having detoxed atleast 10 times over the past few years (with multiple visits to emergency for severe withdrawal). I NEVER WANT TO TOUCH THE STUFF AGAIN.
Anyway the point I’m trying to make is that although this is a great forum to be able to share and know we’re not alone, all of this stuff needs to be discussed openly with your GP (doctor) – NO LIES WHEN TALKING TO YOUR DOCTOR.
As alcoholics I believe we’re ALL liars. How many people do we hide our problem from? How many excuses do we make to be able to go have another drink? THE ANXIETY IT ALL CAUSES?
I got sick of lying. By lying I was just isolating myself from friends and loved one’s further and further over the years.
Now I have no friends. I guess they knew I was lying and couldn’t bear me harming them in this way anymore. The same with family. I now have no friends and no family, also no job.
I decided to stop lying or hiding my problem because if it continued I would not be alive today. It took a lot of courage. I know I have the serious medical problem of alcoholism.
Even though the decision to stop lying was only recent, once I admitted the truth to people (medical professionals, associates, employer etc, and not just regarding alcoholism, this is regarding all my issues) people have rallied around me to try save me. I think now they know I’m being 100% honest that they understand why I are the way I am. They appreciate the honesty and start to understand how hard this really is. Although my support network is only small (VERY SMALL), I feel like by admitting the truth that I am beginning a better phase in life.
SO THE POINT IS… firstly talk to your GP – they will try help you (doctors become doctors for a reason – they want to help heal people) but be 100% honest – your GP will not judge you, he is not the guard to the gates of heaven, but you MUST be 100% honest with him and tell him everything relevant to your problem. Once I did this he put me in touch with a professional support network that is absolutely fantastic, and they all want to help me get better. I will continue to be 100 % honest with all of them as I know they’re not judging me.
SECONDLY – be honest with your friends and family, although I no longer have any, I’m sure it wouldn’t have gotten to this stage if I was honest with them at the start.
I told my employer about my problem and lost my job because of it. But atleat they understand why I was acting the way I were, and they don’t hold it against me, I have excellent references from them, in addition I feel like I’m no longer carrying the weight of the world on my shoulders by hiding my problems or lying, and even though I’m flat on my ass at the moment, it feels a damn lot better than being a bloody fraud by hiding and lying about my problems.
I have found that by being honest to people about all this “shit” (excuse the language), that people now have a new found respect for me. They understand I’m doing it bloody tough. They understand I’m battling for a quality if life instead of going in a downward spiral, they are now offering the emotional support that I never had when I was lying about my problem all the time – the type of support I haven’t had in about 12 years…. YEAH…. ITS BEEN A LONG LONELY JOURNEY :-(
But now I feel it’s getting better…
SO PLEASE TALK TO EITHER SOMEONE CLOSE, OR YOUR DOCTOR AND TELL THEM WHAT YOU ARE GOING THROUGH, NO LIES.
I HOPE EVERYONE CAN GET THE COURAGE TO DO THIS BECAUSE AS I SAID – I DID. I FEEL MY LIFE IS TAKING A TURN FOR THE BETTER, IN FACT I KNOW IT IS.
NO MORE LIES
NO MORE HIDING THINGS
I CAN FINALLY BE WHAT I AM SUPPOSED TO BE – FREE:-)
It’s not a quick solution, it’s a gutsy one, but it is the right solution for me anyway.
I really hope this post helps someone else here, sorry bout the caps lock – it happened because I felt it was needed and I’m not even going to go back and edit this before submitting it:-)

I HOPE TO HEAR SOME GOOD LIFE CHANGING STORIES FROM YOU GUYS IN THE NEAR FUTURE!

GOOD LUCK!!

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
10:42 am June 6th, 2016

Thanks for your honest story, Aaron. I hope others will find your comment inspiring!

Maqueda
11:59 pm June 6th, 2016

Hello I’m detoxing off of pain medication ( oxycodone 10.325 8 a day) 13 yrs of use Adderall around 70 mg a day< sometimes with addipex.. 7 yrs of use. Ambien 10-20 mg 10 yrs of use.. I've been to rehab for detox 14 days ago..stayed for 11 days it wasn't a fit for me. didn't have many withdrawals systems there, but now that i'm back home I'm having restless legs, chills, numbness in my hands, bad stomach craps.. not to mention i haven't slept it seem like 50 hrs in the 14 days.. Not thinking about using again, just want to know how lonf before I feel better?

Rajeev
8:52 am June 8th, 2016

I am 31yrs old ,I was in alcohol detox for 10 days initially I had shivering, insomnia, increased blood pressure, confusion, now after 10 days I am unable to sleep at nights and feeling confused and depressed at day due to sleep less ness , how long will I have this problems please let me know if I have to make any changes in my daily lifestyle

David
12:58 am June 20th, 2016

I am on day 2 of self detoxification. Been rough. I vomit every few hour the fullest day. This second day it’s been every 5 or more hours. I was drinking a .750 bottle of Bourban a day for about 6 months. So far it the nasea & fatigue are the worst. I read that it takes about 4 days which I hope as I return to work on 5th day. My doctor has given me Lorazapam & Thorazapam. Any more advise would be great as this is a terrific new job I took.

Oli
11:21 am June 20th, 2016

For a long time, I had a good relationship with alcohol. I would only drink at weekends, occasionally in excess but always under control. A few horrid hangovers but nothing major or destructive.
More recently, life got on top of me. Family health problems, work stress. I started to drink in the week and more importantly in the day. I drank up to a couple of bottles of wine a day, excluding weekends where oddly I would drink less. For about 6 weeks I believe. I stopped cold turkey, I know not advisable, but here we are.
I have had withdrawal symptoms, no DTs, no blackouts no seizures. Palpitations, sweating, confusion, general ill feeling. As those symptoms subsided, after about a week, I have for a few weekends had 2-3 drinks. But each time I have had withdrawals again come Monday morning.
My question is, I don’t consider myself to be an alcoholic – I don’t crave drink, I stopped after 6 weeks, I can control my drinking (I know I sound like a cliché).
Will I always have withdrawals after only a small amount of drinks? Am I not leaving it long enough to recover, or am I suffering from permanent kindling? Please, an experienced voice. I naively believed only long terms drinkers had withdrawals, only long term drinkers had a problem. I’m only young and I’m terrified.

chuck
6:52 am June 22nd, 2016

I’m in the post acute withdrawal stagefrom beer and xanax I been off of both of them for over 10 months months they say it will take 2 years to have my brain healed from that I like to have a couple of beers while wathing the game my question is does it take that long for my brain to heal thanks

Simon
4:03 pm June 27th, 2016

I have drunk all my life since I was 14. (I’m now 45) I have always held down a job and none of my friends would think I had an alcohol problem and I look fairly trim. I would say for the last 30 years I have drunk 6 or 7 beers a day and a bottle of wine, or If I stayed out of of the pub I would drink between 2 and 3 bottles of wine a night at home. I would alway eat healthily and take multi vitamins. For the last 3 years I have been experiencing anxiety and paranoia. I have had weeks where I didn’t drink because I didn’t want to face the guys at the pub or the shopkeeper. I went to the doctors and they did a full set of blood tests including liver and came back ok (I didn’t mention I drank too much and when they asked they were horrified I halved the amount and said between 1 and 1 1/2 bottles a night). I ordered Propranonol beta blockers 10mg online and they knocked the anxiety and related symptoms on the head within half an hour. Feeling much better and after a heavy Thursday night with the prospect of another weekend waisted at home doing nothing I stopped drinking cold turkey. Friday felt like a hangover, Saturday woke up soaking sheets with sweating and vivid dreams, Sunday nausea, more damp sheets, foggy head no appetite, Monday same and noticing concentration with work is difficult. Hoping Tuesday will be better.
My father was an alcoholic and was told he had liver cirrhosis aged 40 and would have a year to live if he didn’t stop. Well he didn’t and he was so proud when beat the doctors at their own game after still being alive at 50 albeit then on 8 cans of 10% lager, valium, 40 smokes a day, morning vomiting of blood and social anxiety. 58 years old he still beat his liver and died of stroke caused by brain shrinkage caused by alcohol abuse. As I never looked ill like him (waisted away to 7 stone and looked twice his age) I thought I was fine. It’s only when you stop and your body gives you these signals you realise you are further down that slippery slope than you once thought.

Will
9:05 pm August 3rd, 2016

I have this pattern and can’t break it even though i want to.Day 1after deep sleep have mild alcohol and low energy, which gets better as the day wears on and more food and soft drinks taken. Day 2 feel fabulous, can work well or exercise fine. Sleep. Day 3 get to the evening and am gagging for a drink. So feel better after 2 cans of beer but end up having 10/12. Is it simply having two and that will ease things. Or does my body need the extra alcohol to last the three day cycle as its been for the last four months?

Ashley
4:33 am August 6th, 2016

My husband has been sober for 1 year after consuming large amounts of alcohol for 10 years. He went with me to a hot springs day spa for my birthday. We were in and out of Epsom salt baths, cycling pools, sulfur, and mud. He was tired and napped a bit. The next day he was acting strange. Started bringing up past issues we had worked on in counseling and it was like a flash back of the old him. He is angry, agitated and accusing me of being delusional. I have wondered in the last 2 weeks if he started drinking again but he says no. Then I began to wonder if the detox of the hot springs and cleansing could have this effect removing build up from his liver and organs? I have tried to find research on the matter but nothing specific. Am I reaching for an answer or could this be a possibility?

tim
8:41 pm August 13th, 2016

If i have stop drinking for 3 years and want to drink just a little bit will i go through alcohol withdraws again

liz
10:18 pm August 20th, 2016

does ur body ache when detoxing after drinking for 20 yrs sometime mild srinking an orher over drinking choice of dri k was vodka

7:02 pm August 22nd, 2016

Hi Liz. There is a whole range of symptoms and side effects experienced when someone stops drinking after such a long time. You can see all symptoms and what to expect here: http://alcohol.addictionblog.org/alcohol-detox-symptoms/ Moreover,alcohol withdrawal can be dangerous, so it’s suggested that medical help should be sought if a person starts to feel unusual symptoms.

Tim
5:14 am August 23rd, 2016

My brother is currently detoxing at our parent’s house. We have let him know that once he has stopped drinking he can stay with us for a while and we will help get him to counseling, meetings, etc to help him focus on staying sober. He has had 2 seizures. How long after a detox seizure should we wait before we allow him to drive?

1:19 pm August 24th, 2016

Hi Tim. Depends on what type of seizure he had, and what/if any brain functions were impaired. I suggest it’s best to speak with his doctor and do any necessary tests to confirm that he is safe to drive.

Richard
6:54 pm August 24th, 2016

i use to be a heavy rum and coffee drinker consuming a pint a day mixed with coffee for 5 or 6 years. i quit cold turkey in 2012 for 24 months. Zero alcohol of any kind and did not experience withdrawal of any kind. For the last two years I have been drinking 1 to 6 beers a day and zero hard liquor. I am on some strong opiate pain meds for chronic knee and back pain and have been for several years. 72 hours ago i decided to quit drinking completely. So far I have not noticed any withdrawal symptoms. Do you think i am now past the possibility of having any withdrawal symptoms if I stay clean and sober from now on?

Adam
6:03 pm September 10th, 2016

I was a baaaaad alcoholic for a decade. I could drink two fifths of vodka and a 6 pack of 16 Oz beers. I quick cold turkey cause it got to where I couldnt hold any food down and I was throwing up all day. When I quit I got soon shake it felt like seizure and I very litterally thought and was sure I was dying. I even said my goodbyes to people… it was scary.

Gloria
5:56 pm September 11th, 2016

I was drinking at least a 12 pack a day often more. I am a 50 year old woman and was doing this for past 11 years. Three days ago I decided to quit. Then my son took me out to lunch and I had a beer. I began to get very cold and shaking badly. I was freezing. I had 3 beers. I went home and still shaking and cold and every bone in body hurting I put on warm clothes two blankets. I took two sleeping pills. A couple hours later I had a fever of 102. I went to emergency room and other than a fever and vitamin deficiency I was ok. My question…Was this part of detox? I still ache a lot today.

Gloria
6:48 pm September 11th, 2016

I have been drinking at least a 12 pack of beer daily for 11years.I decided to quit 4 days ago. However I went out to eat yesterday and had 3 beers. I became extremely cold and started shaking all over. I went home and laid down with several blankets on. I also took two over counter sleeping pills. I woke up a couple hours later with a fever of 102. I went to emergency room and they found nothing but vitamin deficiency and fever. Today I still hurt all over. My question is…Was this part of detoxing? And when I drank 3 beers is that why I got and still feel so sick,

Mark
10:35 am September 16th, 2016

Hi this is only my experience but I thought it might help .
My episodes of binge drinking have gradually got worse . My last binge lasted 7-8 days and I consumed 4 bottles of wisky and 36 tins of Strongbow in my room . I know this as I counted them all as I was cleaning my room . I also went out drinking in bars during this period. I decided to go cold turkey and the first 3 days were hell , I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy but I stuck at it and I now feel I’m in recovery. I touch wood have scared myself enough now not to face death in the face as trust me you don’t want to go there.
I’m 32 and fit maybe that helped .

shelly
11:45 pm September 26th, 2016

Hi, I’ve been drinking heavily for about 8 months. Sometimes 3 days on, 2 days off, 6 days on, 1 day off. no real pattern but about 10 drinks or so a day when I do drink. I haven’t had a drink in about 36 hours and was wondering if I should expect major withdrawal symptoms as I want to not continue this pattern of drinking any more. I have not been able to sleep very well, and have felt sluggish with a bit of numbness/tingling throughout my body. I have been a bit neasous as well but nothing too severe. I am not sure if I should go to a clinic or just wait it out. I’m 30 and i am over weight. I have had 0 cravings to drink and feel like I won’t have any problems staying away from it. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Charles
10:24 pm October 5th, 2016

Oral ativan will not prevent/protect from seizures

Ruskee
10:30 pm October 28th, 2016

This is my 1st day quiting cold turkey drinking ! Been about 24 hours! Should I be fine? I quit cold turkey after relapsing wt vodka! It’s been 24 hours should I be fine? I’m scared!

aishwary
3:07 pm November 1st, 2016

my father is suffering from alcohol withdrawl symptoms he has been hospitalised and has severe dTs how long will it take to recover from this will he recover ?

Sue
10:19 pm November 2nd, 2016

My adult son who still lives with me his Mum is trying to come off alcohol 7.5% strength cider. He also has diabetes type 1.He has had several seizures which doctors at the hospital he attended say it is most likely alcohol withdrawal and to cut down gradually. As he denies drinking more than 2 litres a day we tried to start from that amount and cut down very gradually but he is getting tremors more often than when he ended up having a seizure. He is petrified that he will go into another seizure so wants to drink more each time. I am at my wits end and wondered what would be likely to happen if he drinks slightly less every few days but ignores the shaking if it continues. He refuses to go for treatment but I am worried that his alcohol intake will end up increasing and the situation will get worse.

cj
9:40 pm November 5th, 2016

Long time spirits drinks 1 to 3 shots per day, now going into my 5th week alcohol free. Consistent low grade heads, irritability w/real or perceived poor customer service clerks, will not shop Baby’s r Us or Safeway anytime soon. I will not ask VA for support; private MD no assistance especially on questions in regards to post symptoms, i.e., headaches and extreme dehydration. How can I better communicate with private MD or how can I get assistance/information on my specific post symptoms. thx

Janice
6:02 am November 30th, 2016

My husband is detoxing from alcohol voluntarily . His last drink was 11/21/16 at 10;00 p.m. Taken to hospital on Saturday afternoon. On Sunday night around 10 p.m. he pulled out all his lines. On Sunday morning he had to be intubated since Ativan in excessive dosages would not control his agitation. He was pulling out IVs, etc. Haldol did not help either. They sedated him and intubated for his own safety, flown by helicopter to high level of care hospital, direct admit to ICU on Monday morning. at 4:30 a.m. . They tried to extubate on Monday 11/28/16, but he was still agitated and confused, pulling out lines, so intubated again. Tuesday morning 11/29/16 tried again to extubate. Once again he became agitated, respiratory rate up to 55 per minute, and pulling out all lines. He was not responsive to commands. Very combative. They intubated again and changed medication to ziprasidone. They will try to extubate again in the morning. This will be day 5 since he stopped drinking. I am trying to find out what to expect next. He is 63 y/o has CAD, depression/anxiety, and hypertension. Do you think he will ever come out of this???

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