Alcohol addiction creates physical and psychological dependence; it’s not merely that you like alcohol, but you truly feel as though you need it. That’s what makes alcohol addiction difficult to shake. This dependence is so strong, in fact, that when you are addicted to alcohol and abruptly stop drinking, the effects can be truly dangerous.  In fact, untreated alcohol withdrawal can actually be fatal.

The Cause of Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms

But what causes the extreme symptoms of alcohol withdrawal? In short, alcohol acts as a sedative. As you consume large quantities over extended periods of time, your body will actually alter its own chemical balance to accommodate alcohol’s sedative effects. But then, if you suddenly stop consuming alcohol, your brain becomes over-stimulated, leading to acute alcohol withdrawal effects.

The Effects of Alcohol Withdrawal

The specific withdrawal effects can vary from one person to the next, and they depend on the length of time the person has been drinking, the typical amount of alcohol consumed, and various physiological factors.

With that said, some of the most common symptoms of alcohol withdrawal include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Tremors and shaking
  • Elevated heart rate and blood pressure
  • Rapid breathing
  • Difficulties sleeping
  • Anxiety
  • Extreme excitability

Avoiding the Effects of Alcohol Withdrawal

Symptoms can last for a few days, and in some cases they can be extreme—but with clinical detox, the effects of alcohol withdrawal can be mitigated. What’s more, medical supervision ensures that your alcohol withdrawal symptoms are treated swiftly and completely, getting you through those pains and ill effects as quickly as possible.

Clinical detox is the recommended approach for those who are ready to free themselves of alcohol dependence. Learn more about freedom from addiction by contacting Seacliff Recovery today.

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