The following information has been compiled to help individuals identify problem drinking and to provide resources to begin addressing the problem. For additional information, or to discuss your personal situation, consider meeting with me for an initial assessment and treatment recommendations.
- Have you ever felt that you should Cut down on your drinking?
- Have people Annoyed you by criticizing your drinking?
- Have you ever felt bad or Guilty about your drinking?
- Have you ever had a drink first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or to get rid of a hangover (“Eye opener”)?
In general, how severe alcohol withdrawal symptoms become depends on how much and for how long a person has been drinking.Minor alcohol withdrawal symptoms often appear 6 to 12 hours after a person stops drinking. Sometimes a person will still have a measurable blood alcohol level when symptoms start. These symptoms include:
- Shaky hands
- Mild Anxiety
- Disorientation, confusion, and severe anxiety
- Hallucinations (primarily visual) which cannot be distinguished from reality
- Profuse sweating
- High blood pressure
- Racing and irregular heartbeat
- Severe tremors
- Low-grade fever
- Severe withdrawal symptoms
- Withdrawal seizures or DTs
- Multiple previous detoxifications
- Certain medical or psychiatric illnesses