Alcohol addiction is a disease which can completely take over a person’s life. It can be compulsive and progressive and until the alcoholic admits there is a problem and stops drinking, it can be unstoppable.
The condition can affect both their physical and mental health.
Over time, your body becomes used to the large quantities and so you start to develop detox and withdrawal symptoms three to eight hours after your last drink, as the effects wear off.
Withdrawal symptoms include feeling sick, trembling, sweating, craving for alcohol and just feeling awful. Convulsions can occur in a small number of cases.
So even if you want to stop drinking, it becomes more and more difficult because of the withdrawal symptoms. You therefore drink alcohol more regularly as you “depend” on it to prevent these symptoms.
If you do not have any more alcohol, the withdrawal symptoms usually last between five and seven days but the craving for alcohol can persist longer.
We do not recommend you stop drinking suddenly as this can, in some cases, lead to convulsions.
The severity of dependence can vary; it can develop gradually and become more severe.
More info on Abbeycare's alcohol detox programme is available.
Alcohol Dependance Signs
Emotional Symptoms of Alcohol Dependance
Physical Symptoms of Alcohol Dependance
Behavioural Symptoms of Alcohol Dependance
Other Alcohol Dependence Symptoms
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