Withdrawal Symptoms: How come that the majority of so called “social drinkers” or “alcohol consumers” who drink moderately are able to stop drinking immediately with hardly any will power and without suffering from any of the side effects. Whereas heavy drinkers and alcoholics are guaranteed alcohol withdrawal symptoms, be it mild or severe. The symptoms suffered as a whole caused by the cessation of alcohol intake are known collectively as “alcohol withdrawal syndrome”.
Alcohol withdrawal symptoms include headaches, tummy aches and upsets, feeling sick and vomiting. Apart from these physical symptoms, other psychological symptoms such as nervousness, anxiety, jitters and mood swings can be experienced. Other uncomfortable symptoms include an increase in body temperature, heart beat and the breathing rate.
Medical care is available for many of the withdrawal symptoms caused by alcohol withdrawal, such as uncontrollable eyelid movements and dilation in the size of the pupils, loss of appetite, sweaty or clammy palms and skin, sleeping problems and nightmares.
Serious Symptoms: Just to add to the list there are also quite a few serious withdrawal symptoms. On the whole anyone who does manage to kick drinking won’t suffer from the following, but a small percentage do suffer from seizures, hallucinations and delirium tremens, all of which are accompanied by a state of anxiety, confusion and hallucinations. Don’t waste any time in going to seek medical advice.
In fact, it is important for even those people who suffer from mild or moderate alcohol withdrawal symptoms to consult a medical practitioner regarding these symptoms. This is because most people who experience withdrawal symptoms, turn back to alcohol, only to try giving it up again later on. However, with every attempt at quitting, withdrawal symptoms are known to increase in intensity, therefore it is advised that you get treated for your symptoms the first time round only so that you can also quit at the first attempt itself.
It is important that you consult a doctor before total alcohol withdrawal, especially if you suffer from other health problems like heart diseases, infections, seizures or lung problems. This is also very important in a situation where a person plans to give up other addictive substances like drugs or tobacco along with abstaining from alcohol consumption because the withdrawal symptoms in such cases are bound to be more severe and peculiar.
Professional Guidance: A medical practitioner will not only help the easing of the alcohol withdrawal symptoms, he will also help to treat any additional health problem that needs dealing with. On the whole most doctors qualified in dealing with alcohol detoxification can also assist in providing emotional support and psychological counseling, a must for any patient during the early stages.
So having stressed on the importance of seeking medical advice for dealing with alcohol withdrawal syndrome, I would suggest that you find a specialist through the yellow pages or by phoning the local branch of Alcoholics Anonymous. Once the symptoms pass you will need the assistance of a self-help organization such as Alcoholics Anonymous to stop you going back to alcoholism.