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When heavy or frequent drinkers decide to quit suddenly, they can experience physical withdrawal symptoms. These can range from annoying to severe and fatal symptoms.
The severity of withdrawal symptoms often rests upon the chemical dependence of the drinker or alcoholic. People who drink heavily every day can develop high levels of dependency. Still, even those who drink moderately every day can also develop a chemical dependency on alcohol. The same also goes with those who drink heavily, but not daily.
When an alcohol dependent decides to stop drinking, they can experience physical discomforts, making it difficult for them to stop drinking on their own. Without assistance and support, alcoholics can decide to continue drinking under the following circumstances:
The “Never Again” Scenario
After a damaging or embarrassing binge, the hungover person makes an oath to never drink again. Even though they’re often sincere about quitting, the craving for more alcohol comes back once the withdrawal symptoms set. Thinking that their body is telling them that it “needs” alcohol, the heavy or frequent drinker starts to crave alcohol to ease the pain. As the physical discomforts begin to increase, having another drink becomes a less painful choice than quitting because of a hangover.
For drinkers who swore never to drink again or were forced to stop, the struggle against the agony of withdrawal symptoms can become dangerous. In some cases, it can even become life-threatening.
Having “The Shakes”
For some less alcohol dependent drinkers, the withdrawal symptoms can be as mild as getting “the shakes” or “the sweats.” In some cases, these symptoms can take the form of headaches, nausea, anxiety attacks, rapid heartbeats, and increased blood pressure.
Even though these symptoms are uncomfortable and irritating, they’re not dangerous. Still, the craving for more alcohol often accompanies them. This makes the decision to quit drinking much more difficult.
If you or your loved one is experiencing alcohol withdrawal symptoms, call us at +66 8 7140 7788. We’ll help you deal with the symptoms and your drinking problem.