How to Alleviate Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms

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When individuals who are addicted to alcohol quit drinking, they may experience mild-to-severe withdrawal symptoms. Mild symptoms like sweating, headaches, upset stomach, nausea and vomiting can be treated at home. More extreme symptoms, such as hallucinations and delirium tremens (DTs) require medical treatment and/or hospitalisation.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • Dried basil
  • Chamomile tea
  • Tea ball
  • Librium
  • Antipsychotics

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    Take frequent showers to refresh yourself if you experience excessive sweating as a symptom of alcohol withdrawal.

  2. 2

    Eliminate your intake of caffeinated foods and beverages to diminish any shakiness. Seek medical attention for tremors or prolonged, uncontrollable shakes.

  3. 3

    Drink chamomile tea to treat headaches that form during your withdrawal. The herb promotes sleep and alleviates headache pain by increasing blood flow to vessels and capillaries.

  4. 4

    Place 1 tbsp of basil inside a tea ball and steep it in hot water for three minutes. Drink the beverage to eliminate nausea and vomiting.

  5. 5

    Seek medical attention if hallucinations commence 48 hours after you stop drinking. You may require prescription antipsychotic medication.

  6. 6

    Contact a rehabilitation centre if your issues with drinking are severe and you fear severe withdrawal symptoms. You may require in-house treatment where you can be observed, and can receive Librium to curb withdrawal symptoms.

Tips and warnings

  • Talk to a counsellor and attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. Use your family and friends as a support system to quit drinking and encourage them to attend Alanon meetings.
  • Do not try to beat alcoholism alone; there are groups, organisations and mentors that can help you through the process. You are more likely to succeed with support groups.
  • Prevent the onset of delirium tremens at all costs, if possible; this condition must be addressed with prescription benzodiazepines as soon as possible. After the onset of DTs, you run a higher risk of having a stroke, cardiovascular difficulties and grand mal seizures. This condition can be fatal in as many as 35 per cent of all cases.
  • Seek immediate attention from a medical facility if you develop disorientation, confusion, a fever, or you begin to tremble; the latter symptoms are associated with the onset of the DTs and more severe withdrawal symptoms.

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