If you’ve ever had too much to drink at a party or when you’re out with your friends at the bars, you may be familiar with common hangover symptoms that may set in the next day—nausea, headaches, dizziness, sweating, even vomiting. In short, it’s not fun at all. (WebMD)Some people may think that this is what the symptoms of alcoholic withdrawal feel like, and it’s true that people going through withdrawal often feel sick to their stomachs and experience sweating, but true withdrawal is much worse than that.
Just a few of the symptoms of alcoholic withdrawal you might experience include:
- Severe trembling
Many of the latter symptoms of alcoholic withdrawal are part of what is common referred to as DTs, or delirium tremens. Of course, many people might have to deal with a number of those symptoms for reasons that are completely unconnected to alcohol, so it begs the question: how to you know if what you’re feeling is really alcoholic withdrawal?
You Have to Be an Alcoholic to Experience Symptoms of Alcoholic Withdrawal
The most important thing to know is that you are not going to go through alcoholic withdrawal from one night of binge drinking. In fact, you’re more likely to die from binge drinking—even if you’re not an alcoholic—than you are when going through anything that even resembles alcoholic withdrawal.Read more: Alcohol Addiction Treatment
So, how do you know if you’re dealing with symptoms of alcoholic withdrawal? Habits and time (frequency of drinking) are major indicators:
If you engage in binge drinking almost every day, there’s a good chance (though not a guarantee) that you are an alcoholic, and as a result, when you’re not drinking, you may be experiencing alcohol withdrawal. Frequent excessive drinking makes your body and mind so used to alcohol that it doesn’t know how to function correctly without it.
You start to experience the symptoms after you stop drinking
How quickly? Usually within 4–12 hours. And you don’t even have to stop altogether. For some people who truly drink to excess, simply cutting back on your alcohol consumption can lead to symptoms of alcoholic withdrawal because your body isn’t getting the amount it thinks it needs since it is becoming dependent on it.
Your symptoms last for days
Hangovers usually last only a few hours or, at worst, maybe an entire day. Symptoms of alcoholic withdrawal, on the other hand, can continue for days of agonizing suffering. For some people, certain symptoms come and go at random times, while others’ bodies may continually experience all them when their body is in withdrawal mode.
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