If you or a loved one are dealing with alcohol dependency, you will unfortunately also need to deal with alcohol withdrawal as an inherent part of the recovery process.

Since many people in this situation have a lot of questions, we have decided to collect all of the information you’ll need onto this one handy page.

We will list the symptoms and the effects they can have, but first let’s take a look at the signs, because after all, people going through addiction problems often try to hide them and struggle to admit they have an issue.

If you think someone you know might be going through alcohol withdrawal, here are some signs to look out for:

Signs of Alcohol Withdrawal

Alcohol withdrawal is the name of the condition or symptoms experienced by alcoholics when they quit drinking.

When somebody who’s physically dependent on alcohol stops drinking, they begin detoxification, a natural process that involves the body trying to rid itself of all toxins in order to resume the healthy running of it’s systems. However, detoxification is an incredibly tough experience for the body and causes a lot of physical problems and symptoms. These detox symptoms are also known as alcohol withdrawal syndrome in the scientific community.

Long term alcohol use causes disruption to your central nervous system and the neurotransmitters in your brain.

GABA or gamma-aminobutyric acid is the neurotransmitter that allows our body to create endorphins, giving us the “reward” feeling when engaging in activities like eating, exercise or sex, and is also closely related to feelings of relaxation.

Addiction to drinking can cause disruption to the GABA in your body, leading to imbalances in the brain.

Here are the most common signs that somebody is going through this unpleasant experience:

  • Drinking at strange times or acting like they need to drink urgently
  • Agitation
  • Appetite loss
  • Constant sweating and fever
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Taking days off work because they’re “sick” but then going out
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Irritability
  • Mood swings

In extreme cases of long term heavy drinking, these signs of withdrawal can become wet brain, a much more serious and life threatening issue.

If you believe yourself or somebody you know are going through withdrawal or may be at risk of wet brain, please don’t waste another moment and call us now on 0333 444 0315.

Symptoms of Alcohol Withdrawal

While most of the signs listed above are symptoms of alcohol withdrawal, they are just the milder/early stage ones that are also obvious enough to use to spot alcohol withdrawal in others, and unfortunately not the worst symptoms.

Here are the complete list of the potential withdrawal symptoms of alcohol:

  • Agitation/aggression
  • Tremors
  • Hallucinations
  • Seizures
  • Headaches and trouble concentrating
  • Overexcitement
  • Heart palpitations and irregular heartbeat
  • Appetite loss
  • Hyperventilation
  • Wet brain/Korsakoff’s Syndrome/Delirium Tremens
  • Kidney dysfunction
  • Constant sweating and fever
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Irritability
  • Mood swings

These symptoms can vary wildly depending on a person’s weight, genetics, how much they drink, whether they use drugs, and plenty of other variables. Because of this, if you see somebody with several of these symptoms but they are also missing several, it doesn’t necessarily mean they aren’t going through withdrawal.

As time goes on though, an addict will commonly go through withdrawal repeatedly as they end up relapsing every time, which causes all of the symptoms to appear over time and worsen.

This is why it’s crucial to get them help as soon as possible in order to avoid a potentially life threatening situation.

Alcohol Withdrawal Timeline

Withdrawal tends to last roughly a week, but this can be as short as a couple of days or as long as several months depending on the severity of the previous drinking habit, and the volumes that were consumed.

We offer alcohol detoxing from home service that allows you to go through these withdrawal symptoms with all the professional help you need and 24/7 advice to helplines, medication, therapy groups and more to make the whole process as manageable as possible. All of this can be done without needing to attend an inpatient facility or pay for expensive rehab clinics so is often the best option for overcoming alcohol withdrawal.

The timeline when going through withdrawal tends to go like this:

Alcohol withdrawal timeline


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