Alcohol Withdrawal

Alcohol Withdrawal is discussed in this Special Report by Carl Arrogante, a marriage and family therapist and addiction specialist.

Alcohol is classified as a drug

It is a toxic substance that depresses the central nervous system and has the capacity to produce physical and behavioral dependency.

It is the depressant action of alcohol that brings about the most commonly observed effects of drinking.

The initial euphoric effects make it appear to be a stimulant. However, this soon gives way to lethargy and a less-active response as deeper structures of the brain are affected.


Alcohol Withdrawal

What is alcohol withdrawal?

When heavy drinkers suddenly stop or significantly reduce their alcohol consumption, the neurotransmitters previously suppressed by alcohol are no longer suppressed.

They rebound resulting in a phenomenon known as brain hyper-excitability. So the effects associated with alcohol withdrawal which are anxiety, irritability, agitation, tremors, seizures, and DTs are the opposite of those associated with alcohol consumption.

What are the side effects of alcohol?

Hangover, weight gain, high blood pressure, depressed immune system, liver disease, alcohol poisoning, heart or respiratory failure.

What are the withdrawal symptoms of alcohol?

Shakiness, anxiety, depression, fatigue, headache, sweating, nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite, insomnia, rapid heart rate, delirium tremens, agitation, fever, convulsions and blackouts.

Alcohol Withdrawal

Alcohol Withdrawal



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