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Signs of Alcohol Withdrawal

Alcohol is a substance that suppresses the central nervous system, and heavy or long-term drinking can lead to a physical dependence.[1] Alcohol’s powerful effects on the central nervous system lead to difficult alcohol withdrawal symptoms that can become dangerous and even deadly. Our alcohol detox program is designed to mitigate symptoms of alcohol withdrawal, and if symptoms are present, you should seek professional assistance immediately. Alcohol withdrawals can quickly progress and often require medical assistance.

Symptoms of Alcohol Withdrawal

Alcohol withdrawal symptoms vary widely, with some symptoms requiring simple treatment and others needing intensive medical care. Because of this, the presence of any acute alcohol withdrawal symptom should motivate the patient to seek medical attention. Detoxing from alcohol without the right support can be fatal, so medically monitored detox is crucial.

Common signs of alcohol withdrawal include:

  • Nausea
  • Anxiety
  • Tremors
  • Sweating
  • Hypertension
  • Hallucinations
  • Elevated Heart Rate
  • Seizures
  • Fever

Delirium tremens, known as the DTs, is another symptom of alcohol withdrawal that occurs in less than 5% of people withdrawing from alcohol. [2] The DTs are marked by hallucinations, tremors, and confusion. The condition is also associated with convulsions and cardiovascular collapse. [2]

How Long Does Alcohol Withdrawal Last?

Symptoms begin slowly and usually follow an alcohol withdrawal timeline. The timeline typically begins within 6-24 hours after the last drink and can continue for weeks. Symptoms will generally begin slowly, intensify, and then taper off as the withdrawals end.

Treating Alcohol Addiction

Experiencing any form of discomfort associated with drinking, including shakes after a long night of drinking, indicates the need for professional drug and alcohol treatment. If you or someone you love has a problem with alcoholism, binge drinking, or other substance use disorders, our team at Banyan Detox Boca is here to help.

Call 888-280-4763 for guidance in finding sobriety.


  1. British Journal of Hospital Medicine – Alcohol and the central nervous system
  2. NCBI – Acute Alcohol Withdrawal

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Alyssa is Banyan’s Director of Digital Marketing & Technology. After overcoming her own struggles with addiction, she began working in the treatment field in 2012. She graduated from Palm Beach State College in 2016 with additional education in Salesforce University programs. A part of the Banyan team since 2016, Alyssa brings over 5 years of experience in the addiction treatment field.

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