What Is Alcohol Withdrawal?
What is alcohol withdrawal, what are the symptoms, and how can it be treated? Alcohol withdrawal syndrome refers to the symptoms that may occur when someone drinking on a regular basis suddenly stops drinking. If you need alcohol for your body to feel normal, then you likely need help to stop.
What Causes Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome?
Alcohol has a depressive effect on your system. Over time, the nervous system and the brain adjust to these depressing effects and compensate by releasing more stimulating chemicals than it does when you are not drinking.
When alcohol consumption is stopped or significantly reduced, the brain continues producing these extra chemicals, potentially causing unpleasant withdrawal symptoms that are associated with overstimulation. Eventually, the brain readjusts after a few days, but in the meantime, withdrawal symptoms may appear.