Alcohol Withdrawal

alcohol withdrawalThe symptoms of alcohol withdrawal are exceptionally unpleasant, as I’m sure you know. There are physical symptoms and emotional ones. Let’s start with the most extreme to get it out of the way – death.

Yes, if you’re physically dependent on alcohol, then a sudden withdrawal as opposed to a gradual detox can actually kill you or leave you with brain damage, usually via a seizure (a bit like an epileptic fit). Heart palpitations are the milder form of this. But lets hope you’re not quite that bad just yet (if you are drinking over 70 units per week for a woman or 100 for a man, then at least try to cut down gradually, or better than that – see a doctor).

On to the less fatal withdrawal symptoms then, we have hallucinations (usually unpleasant – spiders or snakes are common), the shakes, nausea and vomiting, oh and diarrhoea of course. Particularly unpleasant is waking in the middle of the night soaked in cold sweat, or alternatively, your own piss. It’s not sounding like a party exactly, is it?

Then you might have a splitting headache, often from severe dehydration and dilation of blood vessels. Basically the brain shrinks away from the lining of the skull. Ouch!

Hypoglycaemia, caused by the inability of the liver to metabolize sugar, can then leave you feeling irritable, nervous or aggressive, and weak.

You might end up with a few more emotional effects too, like mood swings, depression or confusion. Basically feeling like the lowest form of life on the planet.

So how can you make alcohol withdrawal easier?

  • Electrolyte replacement might help (the sachets you can get for diarrhoea are the best), along with plenty of liquids.
  • Complex carbohydrates (like brown rice, wholemeal bread, wholegrain cereals etc.) will help to slowly stabilize your blood sugar levels.
  • Eggs contain Cysteine, which can help the liver to metabolize Acetaldehyde (the toxic by-product of alcohol).
  • B-vitamin supplements are essential, as they help your nerve cells to recover from the damage you’ve inflicted.
  • We all know about the healing powers of caffeine – this constricts the blood vessels and can therefore alleviate the headache.

But to be on the safe side, if you’re drinking most mornings in order to get through your hangover, or you often get the shakes and sweats if you haven’t had a drink for a while, then you really should get some medical support before you consider withdrawing.


2,065 Responses to “Alcohol Withdrawal”

  1. Logan says:

    I hate alcohol. I lost my job from it. Nearly my wife and my life. I went on a 1 year drinkathon after loosing my job from being to hungover to work. I drank at least 24 beers a day. My poor wife (girlfriend at the time) didn’t know what to do. I drank from the second I woke up till I passed out. My bedroom was covered in beer cans, hundreds. A puke bucket. I’d go over a week without bathing. I was a pathetic, gross shadow of a human. My bills where getting bad. My skin was peeling and I had constent peeling skin. I decided to stop. I had no idea suddenly stopping was dangerouse and had no insurance. After 2 hours of not drinking I started to withdrawl. After 12 hours I was in full blown horror. Worms coming out of the walls. Large rats in the corners. Strange demons with two foot long sickle fingers looking into my windows. At first I knew i was hallucinating but after a while I they hallucinations where so real I could not tell if they where there or not. I thought I was possessed by a spirit. I was hearing direct voices as loud as day talking to me. My shakes so bad I couldn’t hold a cup of water to my face without it going everywhere. I went to a GP and he wouldn’t give me anything. He recommended detox but with no insurance or a job a couldn’t afford thousands for detox. I somehow made it though but was 1 inch from having a seizure for several days. That was 4 years ago. I still slip up from time to time and feel like crap but I’m constantly improving. I feel better than I did 5 or 6 years ago and most importantly still alive! I just want to say to the people struggling you can do it! No drinking is worth a line box as a finishing prize. You only get one shot at life. It’s worth living a good one. The sky is always bluer and life is brighter sober. Just get over the hump of withdrawl and you’ll be there.

    • Anthony says:

      MUST READ!!!!! Hey guys my name is Anthony, I’m a 28 year old severe alcoholic I was just released from my local hospital for severe alcohol withdrawal I was immeted by the emergency department when i called an ambulance and put in a room in the main hospital for 6 days and then released with the proper medications.. I found this site and read a few of your withdrawal worries and concerns for about 3 years now I drink vodka from the time im awoken from withdraw sickness till im blacked out drunk at night..I gulp a mouthful about every 2 hours throughout the day to keep the shakes and anxiety away At 21 I weighed about 185lbs and fairly muscular… I now weigh about 155 lbs it robs your appetite and life..I’ve had every horrible withdraw side effect imaginable demons, voices, suicidal thoughts crying uncontrollably, I’ve lost friends, jobs, my legal record is ruined, never had kids or been married.. if I hadn’t called an ambulance and they didn’t use many IV bags of fluid with vitamins and minerals, also given tons of Ativan “a med to help withdraws its a miracle drug” and heavily supervised on heart monitors and blood work I very easily could have seizured and went into a coma or worse died… I hear you guys saying you can’t afford hospital bills or you don’t have insurance it doesn’t matter it isnt worth your LIFE if your alcohol use is severe best thing to do if your is bad as I was is call an ambulance only when your positive your blood alcohol is zero or they won’t treat you and shake and cry tell them your dying and dont be embarressed to do it your doing the right thing and getting help, don’t drive yourself to the emergency room you won’t get as good of medical care sounds shitty to do but trust me it could save your life or your loved one…. im hoping that with extensive out-patient rehab im gonna be a success story I have to because its never to late… remember my case is severe so don’t think yours isn’t so bad so you think ohhh well I can drink STOP now if you think you have problem before it really is to late … if you have questions please feel free brothers and sisters!!!

    • Anthony says:

      By the way Logan your story reminded me most of mine stay strong dude I completely understand alot of what you’ve been through when it becomes a disease

  2. shaun says:

    Just found this site so i thought i would share my story.

    I am 42 now and became an alcoholic at the age of 17,mainly due to a combination of genes(my dad died of alcoholism) and terrible shyness which led to bullying at school. When i discovered booze at 16 i could be a new person,a confident person,i suddenly had the confidence to talk to females,i thought i had found the magic potion to give me a great life. Slowly over a period of a year i went from going out on Friday and Saturday nights and getting absolutely wrecked(i was an embarrassment to my mates who one by one disowned me) to starting to sneak beer and strong cider into my bedroom without my Mum knowing. I managed to keep this going for a few months but drinking at night wasn’t enough anymore. I lost my job in a factory and started sneaking booze into the house in daytime. After that it just ballooned. I remember having my first drink in the morning at 10.30…then i went really downhill and was drinking at 7 am..my Mum was in bits she couldn’t stop me and i would do anything to get booze even steal. I was a zombie and a terrible burden on my Mum for two years, but thankfully she didn’t kick me out i would never have survived on the streets.

    I hit rock bottom one morning when i woke up at 4 am with uncontrollable shakes and muscle pains. I knew it was now or never. The next week was horrific,appalling..every nightmare you could imagine. I saw dogs in my bedroom which were the size of the ceiling..i saw people with chainsaws outside my window..it was absolute hell on earth. My poor Mum didn’t realise how ill i was so didn’t call doctor til 3 days in..i was very very lucky to survive. The silly thing is 8 months later i did same again…only this time the withdrawal was worse if thats possible..

    24 years later i would say that drink ruined me and wrecked my life. I have never been able to hold a jjob down due to constant anxiety,i cant mix with people..my brain is damaged,i find doing anything absolutely hard work. I am on anti depressions from my doc. The irony is…after 6 years sober,i now can control my drink,but its a huge struggle.. I have 2 beers before bed 4 nights a week…and that is the highlight of my existance..pathetic hah,but thats what its come to.

    I know this is a depressing tale for you all to hear but if it stops anyone else starting early on booze and getting addicted and ending up like me then thank god someone will be saved.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I have been drinking 2-1/2 liters of wine everyday day for 5 years. I start about 11:00 am and still manage to do laundry, feed the dogs, horses and chickens, clean house and cook dinner?! I never drink and drive, but in Feb. I had 1 glass of wine while watching “The Chew” and had a craving for a recipe they were cooking! The road into town was a sheet of ice, however I made it to the store and got all the ingredients I needed for pork green chile!
    On my way home I hit that black ice, spun in a 180 and landed in a ditch 1-1/2 miles from my home! Paramedics checked me out, fire department checked me out……I was fine! So because it was -0 degrees outside the firemen took me home in the fire truck and dropped me off at home. End of story right? NO! I was pretty shaken up, crying and shaking really bad from the accident that I grabbed the 3/4 bottle of wine and chugged it, then I reached for another bottle of wine and drank half of that one! What happened next has changed my life FOREVER! 30 minutes later a police officer came to my home and arrested me on suspicion of DUI! I opted for a BAC at our local hospital and was released to the custody of my husband. My court date was 12 days ago and my BAC was .270!!!!!!! Even though I didn’t have that BAC when I was driving, I know that I am a sever alcoholic! Because of my 5-6 yrs of heavy wine abuse, I’ve developed a high alcohol tolerance…….and although I want to rid my self of alcohol abuse…I’ve heard of people that die during detox and therapy!!!!!! Is that true? I’m so confused?

    • Rebecca says:

      Hi Anonymous,

      If you do a detox under medical supervision, you’ll be ok, don’t worry about it they’ll make it as safe and comfortable as possible. Stopping suddenly on your own can be dangerous although I’ve done it several times after 2 bottles of wine a night on a regular basis. I usually just can’t sleep and have terrible anxiety and extreme discomfort for about 2 days. It is dangerous though, it’s better to get some help about it or cut down first.

      I used to have a breathalyzer but I can’t find it now, the highest I’ve done a self-test on mine was .18, I always wanted to test myself at the end of the night after 2 bottles or more, but I would be too drunk to remember to do it. I’ve probably been in the .20’s before. I hope it turns out ok, I can’t believe they came back to your house to arrest you!

  4. C mac says:

    I am a several times recovering alcoholic and trust me it gets harder to stop each time.The detox is harder maybe not so much physically but mentally you feel like you have failed again.To be short and sweet if you have identified that you have a problem and you do that right thing and stop please stay stopped you and those close to you will live a happier life!

  5. Alfie says:

    Hi Everyone – I have tried to stop drinking for years and years. About two years ago I went through a detox with meds to ease withdrawal. At the time when I packed up I felt so much better in my life. My skin looked much better, I lost weight and I was generally feeling very healthy. I have now gone back to drinking more than ever. I drink at least 7 double spirits, a minure bottle of wine and three beers. The problem is that I start drinking in the morning before I go to work and then once ive stopped work Im back on it. Sometimes I go out for a quick drink at lunchtime – that’s usually a double vodka. My health is suffering and I think that I have liver disease but im afraid to go to the GPs. My liver is hurting and my face is bloated and so is my stomach. I have the classic symptoms of cirrhosis. I just want to stop drinking and feel better, the problem is that in my tiny mind I think by carrying on drinking I don’t have to face the liver problem. I definitely don’t want to hear that I have liver disease. My eyes are yellow. Im not sure if its out of habbit that Im drinking or that Im worried about withdrawal symptoms if I don’t drink. I know my gp wont give me any more meds because they can only do it once, plus you prob cant take them if you have liver disease. Any ideas? what a hopeless case I am!

    • Amy says:

      Alfie, you are not a hopeless case. You are feeling bad about yourself because that’s what alcohol does. Go to AA. There are people there who understand and can help you. May God be with you.

  6. Lee says:

    I just finished a 3 day bender. This happens once a month. I really don’t know why I do it. I certaintly don’t enjoy it so why do I keep doing it?, I’m a reasonbly intellegent guy so why do I do it? I don’t have anything that I can say triggers it, I just get up in the morning and buy vodka and get wasted as quickly as I can. I feel like a total fool, so I drink again the day after to take my mind of it, absolutey ridiculous.

  7. maddie says:

    Thank you for sharing your stories, i checked out this site as in day 3 sober. I drink every night, at least a bottle of wine if not more, but now feeling this isn’t enough. It scares me when the fix i was looking for was not enough and starting turning to spirits and shots to get drunk. I didn’t consider myself an alcoholic, but i can recognise I’ve been drinking like this for over 20″years and dependent on booze yo give me a sense if relaxation so i must be right? I now consider that i do have a real issue with drinking and I’ve decided to quit. I’m only on day 3 and i have terrible headaches and in really irritable. I actually feel lost without having wine its become my daily routine and coping mechanism.

    its totally scares me that i cant break this cycle, does anyone else feel this?

    • Graham w says:

      Hi Maddie,
      My experience is exactly the same as yours, I have had some periods ( 1 to 4 weeks) off alchohol and I’m about to start another. I find this site and the comments on it help me to get off the booze but then over time I simply slip back into the bad habits. Keep going – like you I’m determined to get in control of this substance that is controlling my life. Good luck – starting is the hardest bit regards graham w

  8. Randy says:

    I am 48 years old and have drank since age 15. I began everyday drinking in my 20’s. Typically, I drink a 6 pack maybe 10 beers before bed every night. Often I wake up just after a few hours of sleep with my heart racing and numbness in my hands and arms. I also use Xanax to counter the withdrawals. Since my drinking is limited to a 6 pack on average per night, people tell me withdrawals won’t be as bad and should be over within 5 till 10 days. I have drank for over 30 years and the fear of stopping is overwhelming. What can I do to make it through the withdrawal phase?? I do not want to go to the doctor an cannot go to my employer with this. I must to this on my own but want some sound advice and direction that I should go? Since my drinking is a 6 pk of beer each night, for the past 30 years, can I expect bad withdrawal or mild withdrawals? Any input will be great appreciated.

    • jryan82 says:

      Have you considered tapering off alcohol? You say you drink 6-10 beers a night. So lets call it 10. On detox day 1 drink 9 beers. On day 2 drink 8 beers. On day 3 drink 7 beers and so on until you get to one. Then the day after drink a half and dump the rest and do that for a few days. Then go to every other day, and then a few times a week until you stop.

      Get a lot of pedialyte and drink 1-2 litres of that a day. It will help with your dehydration. Get some Vit B complex and L glutamine.

      You can also talk to your Dr about upping the Xanax you are taking just while you are tapering off alcohol. And then of course you have to taper back down on the Xanax which in itself is hard too. I use to be hook on ativan and man stopping that was rough. Good luck.

    • John says:

      Hi randy I’ve just come of it .went. To my doctors told him about my drinking .had to tell Dvla got a suspension now but had a sick not saying generlally unwell so he did say about drink .been off for a while now under his supervision .give me tablets etc .he told me I will phone u on random to giv a blood check .he says I’m doing well he was very happy with me .so go 2the doctors he will help u .good luck

  9. Sean Ice Cool says:

    Thank you Lenny may the sun shine on you every day

    I am in a world of hert here. I will bounce back i am a rubber ball lol

  10. Steve says:

    Hi
    I used to drink a lot. I brewed my own wine and would drinks pints of the stuff everyday. I evetually managed (after failing many times) to quit in Nov 2005. But alas after 7 years of being T-Total, i started drinking again a year ago. I thought i had it under control, you know – like a normal person. but i havent. i,m now upto about 100 units a week and i drink everyday without fail. i made an appointment to see my doctor, but cancelled it on the morning of our meeting. ive made several attempts to go along to the local AA meeting, but i manage to find a reason not to go and have a drink instead.
    i feel weak and pathetic. I dont feel that i can talk to my wife (we’ve been together for 20 yrs and married for 13) i dont want to see me as a loser.
    I hold a job down (granted i’ve had a chequered and varied career in almost every field) i somehow manage to blow every opportunity that comes my way.
    i want to be better, i have little energy now. i do something of insignificant value everyday to appease my conscience before i turn to the drink in the evening (or afternoon usually)
    i would like to quit altogether but i fear that i’ll be seen as the loser who couldnt hold is drink, or the boring one at a party. or the one with no willpower.
    I cant have just one drink, i drink strong beer or spirits – theres no point in drinking for the taste (i dont particularly like it) the thought of switiching to non or low alcohol variants seems completely futile to me. I only drink to feel the effects of drinking and to dull the monotony of general life and strife.

    I want to do something with my life and i feel torn and incapable of making a decision. Why am i so weak. Help me please

    • Zee says:

      Steve, please don’t beat yourself up. Try going back to AA. Don’t let the alcohol talk you out of going. You will be able to do this one day at a time. That’s all it takes. Sometimes it is one hour at a time, but we all need people in our lives who can help us. You are not a failure.

  11. dave says:

    i am a 56 male retied 2 yrs ago and satrted drinking every day–last year drank at least 5-6 haevy vodka drinks last few days got sweats shaky hands—didnt drink last nite couldnt sleep—i have read up on tapering —few beers to easyshakes???–anyone recommand this?

    • Marina says:

      Hi Dave, I have had up to 5 nights with little or no sleep at all when I stop drinking. Try a few beers throughout the day, but don’t go to bed buzzed because thats what your body is used to feeling in order to sleep. I recommend valerian root, kava kava root, and B-complex. You can find all of these at a vitamin store. They relieve anxiety and promote calm. If you are having really bad withdrawals though you should see a doctor so they and prescribe you something stronger that will get you to sleep and stop your shaking.

  12. al says:

    Hello…ive been drinking vodka for a few years everyday…6 to 7 shots in two mixed drinks a nite.min. up to 5 mixed drinks two or three days a week.I have terrible sweats and massive headaches.I started seeing this great girl that I might marry so I stopped the day I met her..I told her straight out.also shes an rn..great rite lol.im 30 yo.my sleeping is fine.no nightmares.just sweats n massive heahaches.but I dont wanna take 6 aspirin a day..anything else I can take…I had 3 drinks in the last week.to aleaveate the pain..but as of today thats it…any advice…

    • Rebecca says:

      Hi Al, if she’s an RN, she’ll have more advice than me….but the only thing that ever worked for me was naproxen (Aleive) for hangover headaches. I have no idea why, but it’s the only thing that worked/works. Others have told me they have their one and only that works, so we’re all different.

    • Susy says:

      Hi AL congratulations on your way to recovery and B complex helps a lot

    • Susy says:

      The sweats go away completely in 5 days have a good diet eat bananas and baked potato your sleep pattern will be off for a while but you can take something mild to help you sleep god bless you and your new girlfriend life =)

  13. tracey yull says:

    Hi

    My marriage ended 7 years ago due to my wonderful husband becoming an alcoholic, my son has been denied a father, I’ve lost someone that I adored, I will never ever recover. Two years after I left he had a stroke, I have heard he is still drinking, my son and I are devastated.

    • Gloria says:

      So sorry for you Tracy. I lost my father in 1984 due to alcohol and lost my husband age 40 in 2007 to alcohol. My youngest son was 9 at the time and it was a dreadful time.

      • Susy says:

        I also forgot to mention I just lost my father in November 12 he had a heart attack he used to drink a lot wich scared me he had stopped 2 yrs ago also my twin sister died 8 yrs ago due to alcoholism.. Day 4 still sweating at night slept a little better still palpitations I pray they go away those are the ones that scare me more than anything.. Blessings and keep strong!

  14. Cheryl says:

    Hi there i saw this site and i thought maybe this would be the best way to get some in site on my alcoholism.
    Im a fresh 29 year old that has been drinking everyday from the second i wake in the morning to the second i go to bed. by the day i stopped again this time i wave been a 26er of vodka practically strait and at least an eight pack of beer if not more, often waking in the middle of the night and chugging whatever i have there next to me. i started escorting years ago and working through the night as well as days so many times a month it would be an on going binge for days and days at a time. im also anorexic and balemic so i have been starving my body of the nutrition it needs for years as well. lately over the last couple years i have noticed allot of changes in my body so i tried to quit over and over but i cant handle the demons or whatever the black entity that i can feel coming for me in my sleep, i feel like i am forcing myself to wake up by either holding my breath or hyperventilating, as well as being able to feel my body shake violently and seize up. i cant control my temper i feel like i need to scream about everything or cry, and it gets to a point where i just need to have a drink. im waking up not knowing what is going on who i am or where my life has been in the last few years of my life. i was prescribed valuim and saricule but i dont feel like its taking any of the feelings away. Part of me wants to just go back and feel normal again. Im going to try a night on the tredmill and liters of water tonight hopefully ill sweat something, im starting to get worried about my sanity. Any thoughts???

    • Cheryl says:

      i started my love affair with alcohol at the age of fifteen aswell…

    • Rebecca says:

      I don’t think quitting cold turkey at this point is the right thing from what I’ve read. You won’t be able to do it sweating it out at this point. If you drink all day, you’re dependent and probably need some help and/or meds.

      The nightmares that seem like demons and the seizing up is most likely due to alcohol too, it can cause horrible nightmares and muscle spasms. I’ve had it too. I hope you’ll be ok, I’ll keep checking back for posts.

      • John says:

        Hi. I am also struggling with alcohol. I finally admitted how much I drank to my Dr. She put me on Librium to help with the withdrawals. It was a tremendous help and I haven’t had a drink in 6 months. Not a day goes by though that I don’t think about drinking or wonder why I can’t be one of those people that can drink socially without abusing it. If you want to stop, talk to your Dr and make a plan.

    • Susy says:

      Dear friend Cheryl : I was like you 4 yrs ago Im 42 I couldn’t wait for my son to head to school so I could go buy My alcohol I thought Id clean, cook and be just fine ( lies ) I’d start at 9am lose my appetite not eating all day my son would ask me if Ijhad eaten I’d lie and say yes I went on like that for 9 or 10 months but then I couldn’t stand it at night laying there listening to a little noise and ringing in my ear all need I felt like my brain was slowly fading away and I was dying the sweats were horrible as the terrors! Here’s the best part in the morning I’d shake so violent I couldn’t sign any school papers for my son I couldn’t shower I couldn’t hold a cup of coffee since it went flying out of my hand I was hallucinating things and a stick due to not eating I ask myself if drinking is worth the hell that causes I stopped and recovered for 3 yrs 3 days ago I drank again I faced the same hell over again it terrified me so much in on day 3 I sobered up now no sleep sweating and depressed again IS IT WORTH THE HELL? If you want to quit alone it may be very dangerous please see a doctor or go to the hospital since the withdrawal symptoms can be brutal is like being trapped in hell and being tortured but there is a light and help out there I pray you recover and cast that horrible monster out of your life my heart goes out to you and that you can live a happy life because YOU DESERVE IT!

    • Dee King says:

      Cheryl, you sound like more is going on inside of you. I pray one day, sooner or later, you’ll be able to find out first what’s hurting you so much. I know you heard this before, but only God and yourself will be your answer, Once your start asking God for help, the rest is easy, I know first hand trust me, It worked for me and i was in mental hospital and in and out love, feeling like i wanted to die. Ask God and you’ll see for for yourself. when you’re ready and on your time. God Bless God Dee take care of yourself

    • diamond palmer says:

      Hi I’m a heavy vodka drinker today is day 3 I haven’t drank I’m hearing d vitamin is good all I have is d 6 Will that help .

    • Marla says:

      I feel exactly the same as you. Word for word. Can we chat?

  15. john csoma says:

    i forget 2 say i dont smoke only wen i drink i gave up drinking 8 yrs ago and started again this christmas i hate smoking it makes me sick cant stand ppl smokeing near me wen i sober and i know i can beat it agaian but need some help 2 get through the next couple of weeks and i strong enough 2 beat it

  16. john csoma says:

    i have been drinking 4 10 days strait got swollen feet and heart palpations cold sweats and the shakes i gunna stop but afraid of being sober does valium or any diazapam help me get through the next 4 or 5 days need something 2 get me through this next 5 days any suggestions ppl

    • Mary says:

      Hi John just found this site today 29/9/14. I was a heavy drinker as well I went private and paid £1121.00 for a home detox , done great for 5 years then I went back on the vodka. I went to my DR who gave me Librium which helped me tremendously . That lasted another 2 years I am back on the vodka and I am frightened to go back to my Dr so I take diazepam / vallium and they help with the withdrawal symptoms hope this helps Good Luck x

  17. Theo says:

    Uh oh.. I’ve been drinking on average 1/2 liter to 1 liter of 80 proof alcohol(sometimes a 1.75 liter) 4-5 times a week for about 5 or 6 years. I’m 27 now and just felt like stopping during the Superbowl. So I’m on day 5 and have only had 1 symptom. Insomnia. No cravings, no sweats, no nausea, nothing. Took some vitamin C everyday, milk thistle and I’ve ran a few miles a day and love to eat. Do you think I’m going to get symptoms later or do you think I’m randomly lucky? I don’t eat out which means I make my own food. I’ve always eaten healthy and exercised through the years.

    It’s crazy to think that the reason I stopped was because 2 days before I had drank a liter of johnny walker and a half of vodka and then went to brush my teeth and said “bed time, booze is gone”

    I was just trying to figure out if I should be expecting a tittle wave of things? Or if I somehow already got through it with the rest of my lifestyle being so healthy? Any thoughts?

    • Rebecca says:

      I think you’re probably lucky, but the insomnia points to a major symptom I’ve had in the past.

      I think your physical health could probably mask things but not for long, I ran 9 marathons and probably 6 of them were during heavy drinking. The human body can condition itself to almost anything. I used it as my cover as in “nobody would dare think anything is wrong withe me!” Your mind will also trick you into thinking these ridiculous things! Everyone thought I was the picture of health and I was drinking 2 bottles of wine a night and still running marathons. I didn’t want me house of cards to come crumbling down!

      Rebecca

      • Rebecca says:

        I really wish I hadn’t posted that, but I did, I’ve changed a lot since me old days. I thought I was fooling everyone for a long time, but no!!

      • Susy says:

        No Rebecca don’t feel bad for posting you want to know why I have not felt like drinking at all even though I’m dying for a beer I keep reading your posts and reaching out to others God bless you again day 3 is at 3 pm now I have been sober

  18. Sandy says:

    Hi, I have been drinking for many years, starting at about 13 until currently….45 years.
    I drink loads of beer and often have one right after coffee on weekends….then it goes all day.
    My drinking cycle starts with a promise to quit after a heavy day of drinking. Then after a day (of light to no drinking), I go back to the all day binge sometimes worse than before. I am so tired of feeling bad.
    I have horrible nightmares when I slack up, I get the shakes, I have recently had an evening out and don’t even remember it…..every drunk symptom I have had.
    My big question is should I talk to my doctor? I don’t want it to get back to my boss.

    • steve says:

      Have you thought about attending AA i know some people think its a crazy religious cult but i assure you this is not the case, there are some aspects which refer to a higher power but this can be interpreted and used how YOU see fit. Primarily it is a meeting of like minded people who have and are going through the same as you and can help and offer advice, AA is savi g my life my job and my family, just a thought. You can find your nearest meeting online through google.

      • derek says:

        hi sandy, yes i would start by seeing your doctor who will discuss your options, you will need medication to help you detox, you could also look up your local ads which is for alcohol drugs support centre, what i will say is it wont be easy you will need support at home and from friends, my partner as just had a weeks residential detox in lancaster, there is always help out there for you, hope this has helped you

  19. Alan McCormick says:

    Hi folks.
    On day 2 of what could be described as moderate withdrawal, a little shaky this morning but hungry for Brown bread & eggs ? Dairy products seem to be hitting the spot. Is this normal ?
    Many thanks
    Alan

  20. Julian Lopez says:

    Hi all,

    I’m a 16 year old kid experiencing alchohol withdrawl symptoms including depression, ahedonia, poor cognitive skills, loss of concentration, insomnia, panic attacks, and severe anxiety.
    I had been drinking 3-4 shots two nights a week from July to November. I stopped cold turkey after my last drink I’m November and these symptoms have been getting worse. I haven’t told my parents I haven’t drank this much. However, I was prescribed Lorazepam yesterday. I hope it relieves these symptoms.

    Am I gonna die? What do I do?? Please help

    • Rebecca says:

      Julian,

      I don’t think you’re in any danger of dying, just listen to what your doc says and stop! You’re way too young to be drinking at these levels, I think you’ll recover quickly. Be honest with your parents, believe me, they’ll be glad to address the issue early on!

    • Sean Ice Cool says:

      I am not shore how big your shots are but if there any thing like uk shots its not drink that is doing this to you. It wont help but i dont think its drink. Could you be very honest and put down on here your day to day life from waking up to going to bed

  21. Rebecca says:

    Milk thistle has always helped me feel better, I’ve been off of it for awhile and just went out to buy some. It’s great for the liver!

  22. darla says:

    After 2 yrs. Off here I am again…Damn it!

  23. Lori miller says:

    Hi y’all, I have a question about alcohol withdraw. I have been sober for two months and I still feel like I’m going through withdraw symptons. bad headaches, dizzyness, and a feeling I might go into a seizure. Can anyone give me some feedback in these symptons I am having. Thank you .

  24. Lonely says:

    I hadnt drank for 9 mths and recently went on a massive bender. Been about 49 hours since I drank
    Doc give me diazapam to help and stomach pills. Today its major delression im feeling so so low when will it pasz

  25. matt says:

    I too agree. I have been having 6-8 beers a night, not every night for the past few months (less than 6) my problem is when I’m on a hangover is my anxiety is awful. I had a spout of bad anxiety the other year. I have basically had a fairly big binge since new years due to losing my job and the panic and dear I felt the last couple of days was utterly intense. Yesterday I chose I want to taper for a few days, just for safe measure. Yesterday I felt awful, and slept like crap waking up every ten mins but felt like every hr. I finally got 3 hrs 7-10am. The sleep was full of wired and weird dreams that I felt I could interact with. I have however woke this morn to find aside from my anxiety spiking a little, my muscle weakness, stomach, and general outlook is much better
    Part from one or 2 dry heaves I haven’t been sick today either. I also had breakfast and lunch today for the first time in a few days. My aim is to just have a couple tonight and tomorrow night and then hopefully, I will be out of the woods for withdrawal etc. My sole aim is to only drink Fri sat sun, and not the rest of the week which I feel is doable.

    • Rebecca says:

      I’ve had the weird dreams too that seem interactive like you’re making things happen as it goes…almost like trippin. It’s alcohol related, I’m convinced or sleep depravation. I lean more towards alcohol related.

    • Sheila says:

      I feel thankful to God to have woke up this morning I had the last of my binge in the early hours of yesterday morning. To ill to stop until I had finished the last of the alcohol in the house. I vomited most of yesterday and had the runs,I felt so ill I thought I’m not going to recover this time. I don’t want to go on killing myself like This I feel I must. Stop and stay stopped. It is now 6am Monday 23rd June 2014 I have slowly managed a cup of coffee and a dried cracker, what a sad way to live. I will make an appointment today to see my doctor. Will try with all my will to stay stopped the terrible life that my drinking gave me. My daughter is over two years recovered she got lots off help including Intuitive recovery and counciling she looks great now, she put in the effort. I’m determined to do the same God help me .

    • Sheila says:

      Matt hope you have found the help you needed,drinking in binges has messed up so much of my life. I feel so ill still this morning, but have, managed to keep the coffee and dry cracker down. Going to take all the help I can get, to stop this sad kind of life

  26. Bell says:

    I have been drinking off and on now for about a year. The last 5 months have been the worst! I drink vodka and at least a fifth a night wake up go to work and start over when I get off. I’ve gotten so bad that I won’t eat and I’ve lost my appetite completely now. I’m trying to slow down a lot and it’s been helping too. I’m down to two beers maybe 3 a night. No buzz just ok. I’m afraid now though because I haven’t eaten anything in almost 3 days and can’t every time I try I gag and just can’t make myself do it. My bf is scared that my body will eventually shut down. Anyone know how to get your appetite back, it’s 100% gone I don’t even feel hungry what so ever. Thanks for any feed back.

    • Rebecca says:

      If you’re down to 2 or 3 beers a night, I would say it’s safe to stop, but how long has it been since the 5th a night? You might still be in withdrawals. If you slow and stop, your appetite will come back. Actually, you’ll probably be really hungry when it comes back!
      Have you only been drinking for a year? It gets worse as you get older, the tolerance gets so high with all of the damage, if it’s only been one year, you have such a great opportunity to turn it around!

      • me says:

        Hi
        Am thinking the same have been drinking too much too often&it’s now affecting me
        I’m angry and frustrated when I’ve been drinking which is unlike me. ..not a happy person to get on with!
        I could give loads of excuses to my drinking but it’s down to me!
        I intend this year to make a difference and to stop!
        Let’s hope it will work!

    • Sean Ice Cool says:

      Bell i have been exactly were you are at now 100 times or more. 3 days is not to much of a worry but by now if you have not eat its 5 days and thats still not a massive worry but you will soon fail and fail fast. Just start slow by having a cup of soup even half a cup every 3 hours and if you can try to have even half a slice of bread with it. Ok so look aim for half a cup of soup and half a slice of bread every 3 hours and that will kind of trick your belly into wanting food then when you feel able up that to a cup of soup and one slice of bread every 3 hours. I all ways started back on chicken soup because its not heavy in your belly like beef soup. Please trust me i no what its like and half a cup of soup will feel like a full meal. I dont think you nead me to tell you to get of the Vodka because you are all ready aware of that and what it does and is doing to you….When you feel a little better come back on here and jot down your hole life from when you first had your first drink to the part were you found you had to have that drink and if you are very honest you will find your own answer to a better life with or with out the drink because you will have a greater understanding of what made you tip the scales. You can do this bell. Its hard at first but becomes a little better with time, 3 beers a night is no real harm until it becomes 4 then 5 then a gut full. I am a Alcoholic that drinks 3 cans of beer every night but its took me 25 years to be able to do that.

      • Lenka says:

        Hi Sean,
        when it was only today when i found this website. I did realize, that i have the prob again. YES I AM an ALCOHOLIC. First time i was addicted to whisky and i finished in hospital, i nearly died! Now i am back but it is a beer, i have between 9 to 12 a day!!! Smt even more.. I always start my day with 2 or 3 cans a day, and i do know it is bad, esp. After Tuesday when i decided to stop but i finished being sick and i had diarrhea and finished at hospital. I am scared that if i stopped at all i will have the epilepsy, or seize again. Pls answer i need help. I am eating in really small portions now but still drinking to avoid shaking and sweating, or even worse anothe seize. I know it will kill me. Pls answer

      • Sheila says:

        I have just read your letter,what you said will also help me, thank you

      • Lenny8960 says:

        Sean,
        Good to see you were back. Lenny here save for a few hiccups it’s bben a few years since I really got on with the booze, thank you again my friend for helping me in a very dark time in my life.
        Lenny

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