Chronic consumption of alcohol can lead to increased tolerance and physical dependence. Someone who is physically dependent on alcohol and suddenly stops consuming it can suffer from alcohol withdrawal syndrome. Depending on the amount of typical alcohol consumption and the length of abuse, as a well as genetic factors, the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal can range from mildly uncomfortable to severe, dangerous, and even deadly.
Mild symptoms of alcohol withdrawal include nausea, shaking, sweating, headache, insomnia, agitation, and anxiety. In more severe cases, withdrawal can lead to hallucinations, delirium tremens, convulsions, and even death. The mortality rate of alcohol withdrawal syndrome goes up proportionately to the severity and longevity of the abuse.
Additionally, the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal get progressively worse with each detoxification attempt in a process known as “kindling.” If you binge and then abstain repeatedly, the withdrawal symptoms may get progressively more severe with each experience of withdrawal.
If you are suffering from a serious addiction to alcohol, it can be unsafe to attempt detoxification without medical supervision. Serenity House offers medically-supervised, drug-assisted detox that helps you to rid your body of alcohol in a safe, healthy way.