Cold Turkey Alcohol Withdrawal New York

Alcoholism is one of the most common addictions that people try to overcome on their own. Many think it is a great idea and a cost effective way to put a stop to the problems that habitual drinking has been causing in their life. But in fact, it could be the most dangerous. Long term alcohol abuse may cause significant biological and psychological shifts that can trigger serious health risks during the withdrawal process.

The sudden cessation of alcohol abuse is referred to as going "cold turkey." People who choose this approach to giving up alcohol may decide to take a week end off from socializing with friends or to attempt to go cold turkey when their family is away. If they have been drinking for a long time they may be aware of the craving, sweats and discomfort caused by alcohol withdrawal and prefer to do it in private. This can be the most deadly decision an alcoholic can make if they are one of the 5% that happen to experience delirium tremens also known as the deadly DTs.

DTs represent the most severe and ultimately life-threatening withdrawal symptoms experienced by alcoholics and binge drinkers. These symptoms have a mortality rate of up to 35% if the individual does not receive immediate medical attention. As such it is important that people seeking to stop alcohol abuse do so under medical supervision. Research studies indicate that long term alcoholism and those who consume four to five pints of alcoholic beverages on a daily basis for several months are at a higher risk of experiencing delirium tremens.

Because there is such a wide range of potential manifestations associated with alcohol withdrawals most physicians do not recommend going the cold turkey method. Participating in a medical detox that include around the clock monitoring of withdrawal symptoms and medical complications is the safest approach to halting alcohol abuse.

The medical community agree that it is not possible to predict their development in individual patients. However, most studies show people with the highest risk of experiencing dangerous alcohol withdrawal include those who have severe alcohol dependency, previous experience with withdrawal symptoms, high tolerance levels for alcohol and have been drinking for an extended period of time.

Once the "cold turkey" approach is set in motion, it triggers withdrawal symptoms that can range from mild to severe. Alcohol withdrawals are a series of reactions that occurs when alcohol levels in the bloodstream dips too low. Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms typically begin to manifest within 6 to 12 hours after the last drink. After three to five days without alcohol, the following withdrawal symptoms and others, have the potential to progress to Delirium Tremens.

  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Rapid heart beat
  • Chest pain
  • Stomach pain
  • Hallucinations
  • Body tremors

Delirium tremens are infamous for causing fatalities. The following signs indicate the development of delirium tremens that usually require immediate medical attention.

  • Profuse sweating
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeat
  • Irregular eye muscle movement
  • Muscle tremors
  • Severe shakes and Seizures
  • Startle reflex which is involuntary crying and spreading and folding of the arms.

Medical complications during alcohol withdrawal can be fatal if symptoms are not treated immediately. Call Alcohol Treatment Centers New York, NY today at 646-918-5955 to learn more about our alcohol detox and recovery program options.

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