For anybody dependent on alcohol, especially if they have been habitually drinking for a long period of time, giving up alcohol can lead to some serious side effects.

Luckily, these side effects are temporary and part of the road to recovery, and as such are certainly not an excuse to avoid quitting alcohol – however, they are extremely uncomfortable and can even be dangerous if the correct care isn’t taken.

But what happens when you stop drinking alcohol suddenly?

Here are a few of the most common signs of alcohol withdrawal:

Side Effects of Quitting Drinking

The most common side effects of quitting alcohol include:

  • Trembling/the shakes
  • Restlessness and insomnia
  • Depression
  • Sweating
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety

In more severe cases of withdrawal, some less common symptoms can appear such as:

  • Confusion
  • Vomiting
  • Hallucinations
  • Convulsions
  • Seizures
  • Death (in extreme cases)

While some of the more common symptoms can be mild, they are all highly uncomfortable and make it very tempting to drink again in order to numb them.

If you or a loved one are going through alcohol withdrawal and the symptoms include violent shaking, seizures, constant vomiting or hallucinations, seek emergency medical care immediately.

How to Get Rid of Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms

Due to the dangers involved with going through alcohol withdrawal symptoms, it goes without saying that the first thing you need to do is seek medical help.

Your GP, us at Home Detox, or whoever else you get help from may prescribe medications to help soften the symptoms and make them easier to manage. Other good tips to keep in mind include:

  • Staying hydrated
  • Eating regular, healthy food that’s low in fats and salts
  • Taking multivitamins or thiamine supplements
  • Sleep as much as possible

That last one can be extremely tough, considering insomnia is one of the symptoms. If you do have trouble with sleeping, your doctors may well prescribe medication to help with this.

If this isn’t the case, it’s important to avoid the temptation of drinking alcohol to help you sleep and to remember that physical withdrawal symptoms typically take around a week. Struggling with sleep for a week is not a nice prospect, but a small price to overcome alcohol dependency for good!

What Happens When You Stop Drinking Alcohol Cold Turkey?

Drinking alcohol suppresses our brain’s natural “fight or flight” response, which is what leads to us feeling relaxed and often more confident. The issue becomes that when this is the case regularly over a long period of time, the resulting chemical imbalances throw off your brains natural equilibrium.

When you are then coming off alcohol, side effects such as the shakes and anxiety are caused because the brain automatically goes into the “fight or flight” response without any cause.

These symptoms of stopping drinking can be incredibly uncomfortable and make it very tempting to start drinking again. Unfortunately, this is the worst thing you can do in this case as each time you resume drinking then stop again, the withdrawal or “giving up alcohol” side effects will get worse, and worse.

Luckily, you don’t need to fight this alone!

Detoxing from Alcohol at Home

If you feel like you need help to stop drinking and overcome your withdrawal symptoms, but can’t afford inpatient rehab treatment due to finances or needing to be at home, things can feel utterly hopeless.

This is why we offer the UK’s most effective and comprehensive alcohol home detoxification programme.

This allows you to go through the entire withdrawal process in your own home, with 24/7 access to professional advice, medications, therapy sessions, support groups, and anything else we can provide to make your detoxification go as smoothly as possible.

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