Date PostedNovember 4, 2012

Recognise Signs of Alcohol Withdrawal

Alcohol withdrawal symptoms

Recognising alcohol withdrawal symptoms will enable you to tell if a person has a drinking problem. Alcohol withdrawal occurs most often in adults, but it may occur in teenagers or children and is an indication that the person has a substance abuse problem.

Basically the more alcohol a person consumes on a daily basis, the more likely you are to develop alcohol withdrawal symptoms when you abstain from drinking.

Other underlying health problems can lead to more severe withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms include anxiety, depression, fatigue, irritability, shakiness, mood swings and nightmares. Other more visible signs include clammy skin, enlarged pupils, headaches, insomnia, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, rapid heart rate, sweating, body tremors, agitation, severe confusion and hallucinations, fever and seizures.

These withdrawal symptoms usually occur within 5 – 10 hours after the last drink, but may also occur a few days later. Symptoms usually get worse in 48 – 72 hours and may persist for weeks and drinkers often go back to drinking to stop these symptoms. That is why people with an alcohol addiction problem are best off in a rehabilitation centre that is equipped to handle these symptoms so the person is not able to revert back to alcohol.


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Peter Cutforth is a Director at Urban E-Learning, a global elearning, OH&S training, and web strategy firm based in Little Edward St. Spring Hill, Brisbane, Australia. Urban E-Learning provides compliance related online , Distance and Face-to-Face training products in the construction, hospitality and heavy vehicle transport sectors, to name a few. Examples include the White Card Construction induction course and the RSA - Responsible Service of Alcohol course. Peter's interests extend to training, safety and compliance, online marketing, and Mobile Apps.

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