What is Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome
What is alcohol withdrawal syndrome? How is alcohol withdrawal diagnosed? Read on to learn more about alcohol withdrawal syndrome and its diagnosis.
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What is Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome (AWS)?
According to a 2019 study, over 85 percent of adults over 18 in the United States reported having consumed alcohol at least once in their life. While it’s true that not everyone who drinks alcohol will experience alcohol withdrawal syndrome, anyone who consumes large amounts of alcohol regularly is at risk.1
Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome vs. Hangover
AWS, however, only occurs when a heavy drinker either reduces their alcohol intake or stops drinking altogether. This type of withdrawal syndrome happens when the body begins to detox from alcohol, which can alter the brain and body to cause certain symptoms.
What Are The Symptoms of Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome?
- Fast heart rate
What Causes Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome?
Who is At Risk for Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome?
How is Alcohol Withdrawal Diagnosed?
Can Alcohol Withdrawal Be Fatal?
Several Factors Affecting The Severity of Alcohol Withdrawal
- Alcohol dependence
- How long the person has been abusing alcohol
- The quantity of alcohol they consume
- How frequently they drink
- Their age
- Their history of addiction to other substances
- Family addiction history
- Pre-existing mental and physical health conditions
Treatment For Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome
- Inpatient Treatment
- Outpatient Treatment
- Medication-Assisted Therapy
- Individual Counseling
- Support Groups
Preventing Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome
- Exercising regularly
- Staying hydrated
- Eating balanced, nutritious meals
- Working alongside a healthcare professional.