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Dangerous Signs of Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome

Consuming vast amounts of alcohol has some rather obvious effects that show up as soon as the next morning. The light of the sun makes you want to crawl back under the safety of your covers, the thumping in your head makes you wish you could go back in time and not drink the night before and the thought of food will leave you praying to the porcelain gods.

These are the all too common side effects of a hard night of drinking, but there are other more sinister things happening deep inside your body every single time you choose to overindulge in alcohol.

Serious Long Term Effects
One of the most serious long terms effects of drinking too much comes when a person tries to suddenly stop drinking. The medical term for this is Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome, and the end result can wind up being deadly. It doesn’t matter if you have been drinking heavily for a week, a month or a year. The symptoms come on quickly and they can kill you. These symptoms can start as early as two hours after you have stopped drinking.

What Are the Symptoms of Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome?
The mild and more common symptoms often start with anxiety and the real problem is that most heavy drinkers just think they have developed anxiety issues. They never once consider the anxiety to be caused by alcohol.

The next most common symptom goes right along with anxiety. It is the shakes. These two go hand in hand and once again most heavy drinkers don’t seem to be able to put two and two together.

The more serious issues associated with Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome are possible seizures and delirium tremens. These can range from a rapid heartbeat to confusion and fever. The death rate for delirium tremens hovers somewhere between 1% and 5%.

The real problem is the speed at which these symptoms can get worse. Most people just shrug these symptoms off and continue the same drinking patterns even though their bodies are trying to tell them something. If you or anyone you know experiences any of these symptoms it is very important to seek medical help immediately. The best choice is to call 911 or head to the nearest emergency room.

Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome is a very serious problem and should be treated as such. Seek professional help if you or anyone you know experiences any of these dangerous symptoms.



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