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      

Published by Dylan Kerr BA ACAT FDAP DipHE MBABCP

Mr Dylan Kerr Addictions Counselor Bachelors in Clinical Counseling (Hons) Advanced Certified Addictions Therapist Member of the British Association for Behaviour and Cognitive Psychotherapist Member of the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Practitioners HeDip Health-care HeDip Psychology of Addiction Dip Counselling Diploma in Arts Therapy Diploma in Transactional Analysis CSAT III Dylan Kerr is a Certified Substance Abuse Therapist who is qualified in Counseling, Psychology of addiction from Leeds University and Healthcare from Birmingham City University. Dylan Kerr has been a senior Therapist at the River Rehab, Lead Therapist at Lanna Rehab in Chiang Mai and Head Counselor of Hope Rehab in Siracha. As well as working in Thailand for 7 years, Dylan has also been the on-tour counsellor for the the Rock band ‘The Libertines’. Dylan is now resident counsellor at an Asian rehab. Dylan has experience of working within the music industry supporting acts in therapeutic needs. As well as working around the world Dylan has over 13 years experience delivering substance use disorder treatment at various agencies around the UK. He is skilled in motivational interviewing, CBT, RET and guidance around 12 step philosophies. Dylan has worked with a broad client base and establish the rapport needed to effect change and sustainable progression. Dylan wishes to start this blog to help educate people on his observations within this field and debate the nature of work in the addictions field.

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