How Long Alcohol Withdrawal Last

Understanding what happens to one’s body and how it feels when an alcohol-dependent person stops drinking is an important part of any successful alcohol recovery. Often the question asked by individuals who, for the first time are going through the process of addiction recovery is: How Long Alcohol Withdrawal Last?

Although there are basically three stages of alcohol withdrawal and which they usually start within 6 to 24 hours after the last drink, the withdrawal process varies based on an individual’s level of addiction. How much, how often, and how long someone has been drinking can greatly impact the withdrawal period and the detox process. Below is the timeline of the three stages of alcohol withdrawal:

Stage 1 – Within 8 hours of the last drink: the individual may experience anxiety, abdominal pain, and Insomnia.

Stage 2 – Within 24 to 72 hours after the last drink: Blood pressure along with the body temperature may rise. Heart rate may fluctuate and the recovering individual may experience confusion.

Stage 3 – 72 hours to 7 days: Hallucination has been reported, and some people even experience seizures at this stage. Agitation is commonly experienced as well.

The overall symptoms of alcohol withdrawal can include the following:

  • Anxiety or depression
  • Sweating
  • Agitation or excitement
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Appetite loss
  • Insomnia
  • Delirium Tremens (DTs)
  • Seizures
  • Hallucinations

Typically, alcohol withdrawal symptoms decrease within five to seven days, but the psychological side effects can last for several weeks and beyond if withdrawal is not addressed and treated through a structured inpatient rehab program.

If you or someone you love is having a tough time with drinking, please get help. Florida Center for Recovery is ready to answer questions you may have about alcohol addiction, alcohol rehab, and alcohol withdrawal. There’s no obligation and your call is completely confidential.

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