What Should You Expect from Alcohol Withdrawal?

Drinking alcohol is a normal part of social society. Many people have a couple of drinks during a party, a wedding, or a night out. However, some people take drinking a little too far. Signs of a problem include drinking first thing in the morning, drinking every single day, losing a job because of drinking habits, and getting into legal trouble because of drinking habits. If you find yourself in this position, you might want to go to an alcohol detox to get yourself back on track. However, it’s not as easy to completely quit drinking as some people think.

Once your body is used to alcohol every day, it can go into shock when it doesn’t receive the alcohol. This shock is called alcohol withdrawal. While some people think that withdrawal from opioids might be the most dangerous, more people die from alcohol withdrawal than any kind of withdrawal. Here is everything you need to know about alcohol withdrawal.

Symptoms of Withdrawal

There are a number of symptoms when going through alcohol withdrawal. The symptoms usually see their peak between 2 – 4 days after a person stops drinking. Some people may experience more symptoms than others. Some of the symptoms of withdrawal include:

Desire to drink

After an alcoholic stops drinking, they may experience cravings for alcohol. The desire to drink come from the reward centers in the brain activated by alcohol no longer being activated. These cravings can make the best intentioned person go back to the bottle.


Many people who stop drinking may start to feel debilitatingly sick to their stomach for a couple of days. They may not be able to keep food or water down. In many cases, this can cause to severe dehydration. If experiencing this, it’s important to drink plenty of water. If unable to keep water down, professional assistance may be required.


Unfortunately, many people going through withdrawal are quite crabby. This is due to the pain they are in. They also may be irritable because they can’t do the only thing they really want to do- drink. Finally, when a person stops drinking, they are forced to see the world more clearly. This includes their pain, anger, and shame. This overwhelming rush of negative feelings can make them withdrawn and moody.


Some people experience hallucinations at the peak of their withdrawal. This can be dangerous and generally requires a professional present to prevent them from harming themselves or others.

Tips For Success

Many people don’t make it out of detox because of the intense cravings and pain. They may decide it’s just easier to keep drinking. Here are some tips to help someone get through their withdrawal successfully and safely.

Have a Support System

Going through detox alone is scary. Having a support system will make the entire process a lot easier. Whether it’s family, friends, people from AA, people from church, or people from a support group, having support will help anyone complete the program. The support system should be just as dedicated to sobriety as the patient. They should not be someone who brings alcohol around or drinks.

Be Positive

Anyone quitting alcohol will benefit from a positive attitude. Even though they may experience some negative feelings throughout the process, it’s imperative that they have something that uplifts their moods. Look into books about people who have gone through the same struggle, church, being at one with nature, or a support group. What works for one person might not work for someone else.

Go to the Professionals

To get the best chance of sobriety and staying safe, people who want to stop drinking should go to a professional detox center. There are a number of other people there going through the same thing. Plus, the staff will know how to help someone who is in danger. In many cases, patients aren’t able to leave. This stops them from giving up on themselves and buying alcohol.

Getting clean is a very personal journey, but it’s a good idea to get all of the help possible. If you or someone you love wants help, call today. There is always someone available to help. Call us today at 877-927-9048.

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