Withdrawals – Alcohol

What to expect from withdrawing from Alcohol?


Many people who come to Rehab experience withdrawal symptoms as they come off drugs or alcohol. Below is a general list of some of the symptoms you may experience during your withdrawal and rehabilitation.


For a person who has abused alcohol or is alcohol dependent, one of the hardest parts of stopping drinking is dealing with the withdrawal symptoms that may occur as the alcohol level in their body lowers.  Ranging from mild to extremely unpleasant, the many people will experience these symptoms as their body cleanses itself of a dependent substance.  Often referred to as ‘alcohol withdrawal syndrome’ (AWS), these symptoms reflect the body’s response when a person finally stops drinking after an extended period of use that may have spanned many years.

Alcohol – The world’s most popular drug

Alcoholics (people who are physically alcohol dependent) are not the only ones who can suffer from AWS, binge drinkers or people who drink frequently, can experience these symptoms to a lesser degree.  The heavier, or more frequently they drink, the more likely they will suffer withdrawal symptoms and the worse they will feel.  Due to the potential severity of the symptoms, medical advice should be sought before embarking on an alcohol free life.

The physical symptoms of alcohol withdrawal can include some or all of the following physical symptoms:

  • Vomiting
  • Intense headaches
  • Body pains/aches
  • Dilated [pupils
  • Profuse sweating
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Involuntary shaking
  • Heart palpitations
  • Insomnia      

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