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What Is It Like To Withdraw From Alcohol?

Jul 5, 2008
Lets discuss what to expect when the decision is made to stop drinking alcohol. Many people make this step in the right direction, not understanding that the body will take some time to readjust to functioning without drinking.

Most people can come off alcohol quite safely at home. However, if you are ever worried about what is happening or have had a bad experience in the past, you should contact your doctor or local community alcohol team. There is no virtue in punishing yourself with bad withdrawals.

Expect for the first three days to be the worst of the physical symptoms. Many people have experiences of anxiety, being short tempered and restless and many have had flu-like symptoms. See it through. Stick to your decision to quit drinking and in a week to ten days you will see a great improvement.

Alcohol includes a high sugar content and it is beneficial to replace this for the first few days. The best way to do this is by drinking fruit juice.

Alcohol also disrupts your natural sleep rhythms. Don not stress if you can't sleep or wake after only a few hours, this is quite ordinary and will correct itself after a few weeks. Cope with the adjustment by learning some relaxation exercises.

As the days go by, you will find old interests returning. Allow yourself to enjoy them. Watch TV as much as you like and try to get some exercise. Give yourself some small objectives that you know are achievable. If you want to give up smoking - do something about it at a later date - one thing at a time.

Share with loved ones what you are feeling is you are comfortable in doing so. Don't be frustrated to they seem mistrustful or appear unsupportive. They too are going through many changes, just like you.

Stopping drinking will not solve all the problems that caused you to drink in the first place. Do not fall in to the trap of trying to tackle them all right away. After a while you will be in a better position to put your problems in to the proper perspective and can then begin to talk to someone like a counsellor.

Don't be a victim to your old habits. Prepare in your mind what you will do if you find yourself in the situation where you are tempted by alcohol to prevent relapse.

Giving up alcohol is not an easy thing to do. By taking things slowly, one day at a time as AA says, and being practical, you will achieve success.
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