Alcohol, as with any drug, has a lasting impression on a user. So lasting is alcohol’s impression, that within eight hours of not having a drink, a committed and serious drinker could begin to display alcohol detox symptoms, which in another word is withdrawal.

This may arrive from drinking and how it repeatedly alters the brain’s dopamine levels so that the brain discontinues its own natural production of dopamine in favor of the dopamine alcohol produces.

During the quitting process, a drinker may experience cravings which gradually intensify until they exhibit severe physical, mental and emotional symptoms that can be life threatening.

Keep reading for some statistics about  as well as what alcohol detox symptoms you should watch out for when confronting a loved one or friend about their drinking.

Of course, not everyone experiences the same symptoms at the same time, or potentially any symptoms at all. So keep that in mind.



In a published report by the Mayo Clinic it is stated that even moderate drinking, which is one drink a day for a women and two for a man, may have some health benefits.

According to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), patterns of binge or heavy drinking, where a woman consumes four or more drinks and five or more for a man, or weekly seven drinks for a woman and 14 for a man can lead to alcoholism according to NIAAA research. Stats on alcohol abuse and its effects include:

  • An estimated 17.6 million American adults in 2015, suffered alcohol abuse.
  • One out of every three visits to the emergency room is related to the consumption of alcohol, according to the International Business Times.
  • Alcohol consumed in excess was responsible for one out of every 10 deaths in working age adults (ages 20-64) from 2006-2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publishes.
  • Alcohol is the third-leading preventable cause of death in America as 88,000 people each year die from an alcohol-related cause.



Alcohol withdrawal can be broken down into three stages:

  • Stage One: Anxiety, insomnia, nausea, and abdominal pain characterize this stage, which begins eight hours after the last drink.
  • Stage Two: 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 Three: Hallucinations, fever, seizures, and agitation come with this stage, which tends to begin 72+ hours after the last drink.
  • Stage Four: Symptom of alcohol detox tend to decrease within five to seven days.



There’s a reason many rehab centers have medically based alcohol detox programs. This stems from the dangers of detoxing and rehabbing without medical attention.

For instance, the most serious form of alcohol withdrawal is delirium tremens (DTs), particularly without medical care. DTs occur in 3-5 percent of individuals in alcohol withdrawal, according to the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), and it can be fatal without treatment.

Experts state that DTs may not start for a day or two after alcohol leaves the bloodstream, and it can occur without warning. It is primarily for this reason that alcohol withdrawal should be closely supervised by a medical professional who can continually monitor vital symptoms and ensure the individual’s safety during detox.

Going “cold turkey” which is suddenly ceasing all drinking, can be fatal. This is because the brain and nervous system have grown familiar with drinking. This can cause depression, which soon might lead to a life-threatening event, such as suicide.

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