Alternate Names : DTs, Delirium Tremens
Alcohol withdrawal is a set of symptoms that may occur when a person suddenly
stops drinking after using alcohol for a long time.
What is going on in the body?
When a person has been drinking to excess for several months or years, his or
her body comes to rely on alcohol and its effects. Alcohol is a depressant that
acts like a sedative or tranquilizer on the body. When the intake of alcohol is
suddenly stopped, the body may go through withdrawal.
What are the causes and risks of the condition?
Alcohol withdrawal rarely occurs in a person who only drinks once in a while.
Someone who has gone through alcohol withdrawal before is more likely to have
withdrawal symptoms each time he or she quits drinking alcohol.