When Does Alcohol Withdrawal Start?

Drinking is considered pretty normal across the United States. From college parties to weddings, it is popular and a part of a lot of social activities. But just like everything else, you should only enjoy in moderation. Drinking too much can lead to health problems, dependency, and alcohol addiction.

Alcoholics become dependent on alcohol when they mentally obsess and physically cannot abstain from drinking due to the fear of alcohol withdrawal symptoms. This can happen after continuous heavy drinking for years, months and even weeks, depending on how much and how often alcohol is being consumed.

When Does Alcohol Withdrawal Start

When Does Alcohol Withdrawal Start?

According to research by The National Library of Medicine:

Alcohol withdrawal or detox symptoms usually occur within 8 hours after the last drink but can occur days later. Symptoms usually peak by 24 to 72 hours, but may go on for weeks.

While alcohol withdrawal symptoms differ from person to person, there are some common symptoms that most alcoholics experience once they put down the drink. We’ve put together a list so you or a loved one can be prepared for what is ahead.

Withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Anxiety or nervousness
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Jumpiness or shakiness
  • Mood swings
  • Nightmares
  • Not thinking clearly
  • Sweating, clammy skin
  • Enlarged (dilated) pupils
  • Headache
  • Insomnia (sleeping difficulty)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Pallor
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Tremor of the hands or other body parts
  • Agitation
  • Fever
  • Seizures
  • Severe confusion

This is when detox is needed. Detox or detoxification is the process of the body’s removal of drugs or alcohol. When this occurs, there can be withdrawal symptoms that may be uncomfortable for the user or, depending on the severity of the addiction, turn deadly. The withdrawal symptom experience can differ for each individual depending on many factors such as:

  • Type of substance being used
  • The length the user has been using the substance
  • The severity of the addiction
  • Method of use (snorting, smoking, injecting, or swallowing)
  • The amount of a substance the user takes at one time
  • Family history
  • Genetics
  • Medical condition
  • Underlying mental health conditions

Can I Detox from Alcohol At Home?

Choosing to detox at home is high risk and may turn deadly. Quitting alcohol “cold turkey” without medical supervision may lead to deadly health issues. Alcohol is one of the only substances that can cause seizures and even death. Due to alcohol being absorbed into every part of your body, it is important to understand the possible life-threatening effects that can occur when detoxing without being medically monitored. At Allure Detox, our inpatient medical detox programs can help prevent such dangerous detox situations. A specialized medical team monitors and ensures the best medical care for your specialized detox needs 24-hours a day.

Our Alcohol Detox Program

Many addicts continue the use of drugs and alcohol because of their fear of withdrawal. These fears of traumatic physical and emotional consequences of quitting are, fortunately, unfounded.  The consequences of the continuation of drinking are far worse than detox. At Allure Detox, we ensure our client is as comfortable as possible through these difficult days through our 24-hour medical alcohol detox program, behavioral health tech supports, and individual and group therapy sessions. Our experienced medical staff is available to monitor, medicate, and minimize withdrawals.

Allure Detox is a New Way to Start Your Life Again

Allure Detox can help. We are a comfortable and evidence-based drug and alcohol detox in West Palm Beach, Florida. We can free you or your loved one from the physical symptoms of addiction and start you on the path to recovery. We offer detox from drugs and alcohol on a medical basis so that you can safely resume the life you once lived, the life you thought was lost forever. Addicts emerge from Allure Detox healthy, sane, and prepared for a lifetime of recovery. Please contact us today if you or someone you love is suffering the pain of addiction.