Alcohol withdrawal - Symptom
Detoxification - alcohol; Detox - alcohol
Alcohol withdrawal symptoms usually occur within 5 - 10 hours after the last drink, but can occur days later. Symptoms get worse in 48 - 72 hours, and may persist for weeks.
Common symptoms include:
Other symptoms may include:
A severe form of alcohol withdrawal called delirium tremens can cause:
For more information on this severe form of alcohol withdrawal, see: Delirium tremens
Signs and tests:
Your health care provider will perform a physical exam. This may reveal:
- Abnormal eye movements
- Abnormal heart rhythms
- Not enough fluids in the body (dehydration)
- Rapid breathing
- Rapid heart rate
- Shaky hands
Blood and urine tests, including a toxicology screen, may be done.
- Reviewed last on: 3/20/2011
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