If you suddenly stop or reduce drinking after a long time, this can cause withdrawal symptoms especially when you use sleeping pills and tranquilizers in addition to alcohol.
The most well-known withdrawal symptoms are: trembling, sweating, restlessness and nervousness, anxiety, ‘malaise’ feeling, insomnia, nausea and vomiting.
These symptoms are not dangerous in themselves and usually disappear after 7 to 10 days of abstinence. After 24 hours the withdrawal symptoms are at their peak, after three days the worst is over. However, gloomy feelings and insomnia can persist for several weeks.
However, in some cases epileptic seizures or delirium tremens occur. These phenomena cannot be predicted in advance and can be life-threatening!
Suddenly stopping excessive alcohol consumption without consulting the DeAddiction centre in Mumbai can give you an epileptic seizure. Whether you have had an epileptic seizure in the past or not does not really play a role in this.
- Alcohol withdrawal seizures usually occur during the first 10 to 36 hours after stopping drinking.
- The risk of epileptic seizures is usually greater if you have combined alcohol with tranquilizers for a long time.
- If you previously had epilepsy, it is best to consult your neurologist to find out how to proceed. Some antiepileptic drugs interact strongly with alcohol and can even be toxic when combined with alcohol!
A delirium tremens usually does not occur when you are still drinking, but manifests itself 24 to 72 hours after the last alcohol consumption. Exceptionally, it can also occur when you drastically reduce your drinking.
So don’t risk your life by doing anything without thinking about it or giving the advice of an expert.
Instead, you should…
Write down the disadvantages of using and the advantages of cutting back or stopping
What are the disadvantages of using it for you? And what are the benefits when you reduce or stop using it? Disadvantages can be for example: I spend too much money, I suffer from a hangover and I feel bad about myself. The advantages of cutting back or stopping can be, for example: I have more energy, I can save money and I feel better about myself.
Set a goal and keep track of how much you drink or use
Decide if you want to cut back or stop. If you want to reduce, agree on how many glasses/joints/lines you can drink/smoke/use per day/week. Then keep track of whether you achieve this goal. This can be done with the help of the so-called weekly overview.
Do not give up
If you do start drinking or using again after quitting, don’t give up. Think about the situation in which you started drinking again and think about how you might react differently next time. Stopping again always makes sense!
Does not it work?
If you notice that it does not work this way or if you have any questions about this approach, you can contact the nearest DeAddiction centre in Mumbai. With the help of professionals and doctors, you can perform better in giving up on alcohol.