The Basics of Alcohol Withdrawal
‘Social’ drinkers will rarely suffer any major symptoms of withdrawal. Drinkers who tend to suffer severe adverse symptoms are typically those who have spent many years recovering on a daily basis from excessive use. In some subgroups of these drinkers, they may be at some level of intoxication for the whole time.
Prolonged exposure to alcohol alters the cells in the brain. Whilst under the influence, many of these cells will be sedated. When a person stops drinking, and in effect stops the sedation, then alcohol withdrawal symptoms occur.
The process of withdrawal is often very emotional as well as physical. People can feel extremely anxious and depressed.
Symptoms of alcohol withdrawal can be unpredictable and very dangerous.