Withdrawal From Drugs – Alcohol Treatment

Symptoms of Alcohol Withdrawal

Symptoms of alcohol withdrawal can be very hard to deal with. Many people who are alcoholics have been drinking for decades, so when they decide to quit, their bodies are ravaged and they do not remember what it was like to function as a sober person. They have been under the influence for so long that their bodies and their minds are dependant on being drunk in order to function. Alcohol is created when grains, fruits, or vegetables are fermented, a process that uses yeast or bacteria to change the sugars in the food into alcohol. Alcohol has different forms and can be used as a cleaner or antiseptic; however the kind of alcohol that people drink is ethanol, which is a sedative. When alcohol is consumed, it's absorbed into a person's bloodstream. From there, it affects the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord), which controls virtually all body functions. Alcohol actually blocks some of the messages trying to get to the brain. This alters a person's perceptions, emotions, movement, vision, and hearing. After these senses have been numbed out, they are damaged. The result is they are extra sensitive after the initial numbing effects have worn off.

People experiencing the withdrawal symptoms of alcohol will be extremely sensitive to light, sounds, smells and physical contact. This is one of the reasons alcoholics will not chose to stop the cycle of alcohol abuse and go through the suffering of having the withdrawal symptoms. They may tell themselves or their loved ones that they will stop tomorrow, but today they just want drink one last time so that right now they do not have to go through the sickness and the pain.

When people start drinking they usually try it out of curiosity or the desire to fit in. In some countries the drinking age is lower than in the United States. The parents will dilute the wine with water from the time the child is very young to get them accustomed to drinking the alcohol. Whatever the case it is still a dangerous possibility that the person will become addicted to drinking alcohol and there is always a chance for abuse of intoxicating substances.

Alcohol consumption is a big part of our societies all over the world. It is abundant in celebrations such as weddings and graduations, and it is a stable of fine dining and restaurants. Most people seem to be able to control their drinking habits and just drink on certain occasions without overdoing it or making a regular habit of it. Then are others who cannot seem to limit themselves when it comes to drinking alcohol. They either drink way too much when they are drinking, drink way too often during the week or sometimes both and have to endure the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal if they quit.