If we drink regularly or heavily, our body can get used to the alcohol. If we then stop drinking, this can lead to alcohol withdrawal symptoms. But are these serious and something we should be concerned about – for ourselves or a loved one? Find out how two of our former patients experienced alcohol withdrawal symptoms, before eventually seeking help to stop drinking. They now lead full and rewarding lives after following Triora’s successful alcohol addiction treatment.
How I experienced alcohol withdrawal symptoms
“I got up very late. Then I started looking forward to - about four o'clock. Then it was about time to get my first drink. Apart from that, there was very little activity. My only activity, which I was really very good at, was cooking. Because in my kitchen I had organized a number of very brilliant places where I could always find something, or hide something. And I always invented dishes that took a long time to prepare, so I could stay in the kitchen until I relaxed a bit. Not every day was exactly the same... but they all followed the same pattern… Certainly when I was drinking my mood could become aggressive. Then I did the most terrible things.” Toos
Typical alcohol withdrawal symptoms
Toos suffered from many of the following typical alcohol withdrawal symptoms:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Shakiness or trembling
- Poor sleep and fatigue
- Irritability leading to aggression
- Lack of appetite
“I had a brutal hangover - the hangovers became terribly intense. There are times you even think you're dying. I was often so drunk that I woke up with a start - because I forgot to breathe. I was in the early stages of an alcoholic coma. I was so intoxicated, so deeply under the influence, that my autonomous nervous system just stopped. I was afraid to go to sleep... A few horrible days went by. I was suffering from tremors, and sweating spells.” Ben
Serious alcohol withdrawal symptoms
Ben suffered serious alcohol withdrawal symptoms, which can be life threatening. Fortunately, Ben checked into a clinic to detox and sought help to overcome his alcohol addiction. It is important to seek immediate medical attention, even if symptoms may initially seem mild, since these can rapidly worsen.
- Racing heart
- Liver failure
Do I need to stop drinking?
Do you or a family member need a drink to stop the shakes in the morning? Drinking to relieve alcohol withdrawal symptoms like shakiness, or any of the symptoms listed above, is a serious warning sign of alcoholism.
Take our alcohol self-test to find out more about the signs of alcoholism and whether you need to cut down, detox, or stop drinking altogether.