Alcohol Withdrawal

ExitCare ImageAlcohol withdrawal happens when you normally drink alcohol a lot and suddenly stop drinking. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms can be mild to very bad. Mild withdrawal symptoms can include feeling sick to your stomach (nauseous), headache, or feeling irritable. Bad withdrawal symptoms can include shakiness, being very nervous (anxious), and not thinking clearly.

HOME CARE

  • Join an alcohol support group.

  • Stay away from people or situations that make you want to drink.

  • Eat a healthy diet. Eat a lot of fresh fruits, vegetables, and lean meats.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You become confused. You start to see and hear things that are not really there.

  • You feel your heart beating very fast.

  • You throw up (vomit) blood or cannot stop throwing up. This may be bright red or look like black coffee grounds.

  • You have blood in your poop (stool). This may be bright red, maroon colored, or black and tarry.

  • You are lightheaded or pass out (faint).

  • You develop a fever.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.