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Alcohol Withdrawal Timeline
Alcohol withdrawal side effects and symptoms can be broken down into three stages:
- Stage 1: Stress or anxiety, sleep deprivation, nausea/vomiting, and abdominal pain are characteristic of this stage, which begins 8 hours after the last drink.
- Stage 2: High blood pressure, increased body temperature, unusual heart rate, and confusion come with this stage, which begins 24-72 hours after the last drink.
- Stage 3: Hallucinations, fever, seizures, and agitation come with this stage, which tends to begin 2-4 days after the last drink.
Unlike other addictive substances, alcohol is legal to those over age 21 and readily accessible. Numerous people drink on a regular basis with no issues. Patterns of binge drinking or heavy drinking can contribute to Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD), as indicated by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). The majority of American adults over age 18 have consumed alcohol at some point in their lives and the NIAAA estimates close to 87 percent of the adult population has had at least one drink in their lifetime.
Recovering from Alcohol Use Disorder is Difficult
New Outlook Detox offers detoxification services for safe alcohol withdrawal management and guidance in seeking long-term treatment. Every individual who walks through our doors is family to us, and we are dedicated to help you or your loved one find their path to recovery.
Stats on AUD and its effects include:
- An estimated 15 million people in the United States have AUD.
- Approximately 5.8 percent or 14.4 million adults in the United States ages 18 and older had AUD in 2018.
- An estimated 401,000 adolescents ages 12-17 have had AUD.
- One out of every three visits to the emergency room is related to alcohol consumption.
- Alcohol is the fourth leading preventable cause of death in America according to NIAAA, as 88,000 people die each year from an alcohol related cause.
To assess whether you or loved one may have AUD, here are some questions to ask. In the past year, have you:
- Had times when you ended up drinking more, or longer than you intended?
- More than once wanted to cut down or stop drinking, or tried to, but couldn’t?
- Spent a lot of time drinking? Or being sick or getting over the aftereffects?
- Experienced craving — a strong need, or urge, to drink?
- Found that drinking — or being sick from drinking — often interfered with taking care of your home or family? Or caused job troubles? Or school problems?
- Continued to drink even though it was causing trouble with your family or friends?
- Given up or cut back on activities that were important or interesting to you, or gave you pleasure, in order to drink?
- More than once gotten into situations while or after drinking that increased your chances of getting hurt (such as driving, swimming, using machinery, walking in a dangerous area, or having unsafe sex)?
- Continued to drink even though it was making you feel depressed or anxious or adding to another health problem? Or after having had a memory blackout?
- Had to drink much more than you once did to get the effect you want? Or found that your usual number of drinks had much less effect than before?
- Found that when the effects of alcohol were wearing off, you had withdrawal symptoms, such as trouble sleeping, shakiness, irritability, anxiety, depression, restlessness, nausea, or sweating? Or sensed things that were not there?
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Alcohol Detox Timeline
There is no concrete timeline for alcohol withdrawal; however, it is typically held that withdrawal will follow the following general timeline, as detailed by the National Library of Medicine (NLM).
- Roughly 8 hours after first drink: The first stage withdrawal symptoms may begin.
- After 24-72 hours: Symptoms generally peak in this time period, and stage 2 and 3 symptoms can rapidly manifest.
- 5-7 days later: Symptoms may start to taper off and decrease in intensity.
- Beyond the first week: Some side effects, particularly the psychological ones, may continue for several weeks without treatment.
The most serious form of alcohol withdrawal is delirium tremens (DTs), which occurs in 3-5 percent of individuals in alcohol withdrawal, according to the New England Journal of Medicine, and it can be fatal without treatment.
Managing Symptoms in a Detox Facility
Detox is a process that rids the body drugs, alcohol, and any other harmful chemical substance. Because this can be a very harmful and dangerous process, it is best it is done under the supervision of a medically trained detoxification specialist.
New Outlook Detox can provide the most comprehensive and supportive environment during all stages of alcohol withdrawal and detox. Alcohol withdrawal should not be attempted without the professional help of a detox center, as symptoms can pop up and magnify very quickly.
Get help today by making a call and speaking with an experienced admission coordinator. New Outlook detox provides a clean slate, and a clean foundation upon which to begin your recovery.