Many people don’t realize the risks involved when they stop drinking alcohol. The dangerous symptoms of alcohol withdrawal, which can be fatal, can occur whether you are a heavy drinker or have just been drinking for a short time. To ensure safety and reduce risks, medically-supervised detox is advised.
Alcohol withdrawal symptoms begin within 6 – 48 hours and peak about 24 – 35 hours after the last drink. Some of the symptoms of withdrawal are:
- Aggressive behavior
- Fever, increased pulse rate
- Blood pressure increases or drops
- Mental disturbances
The City View medical team, under the direction of Dr. David Henderson, is prepared to monitor alcohol detox symptoms and treat additional conditions that may co-occur during withdrawal, such as irregular heartbeat, anemia, or seizures. Medically-supervised detox is highly recommended for clients who have made the decision to stop drinking.