How long do you have withdrawals from alcohol?

Do you know what’s worse than a hangover? Alcohol withdrawal. That’s right, my dear friend who loves to drink on the weekends, alcohol can make you suffer beyond a two-day headache if consumed daily for an extended period. While some people may quit cold turkey and experience no withdrawal symptoms, others might have to bear the brunt of it long after their last drink.

Booze is enjoyable until your body becomes highly dependent on it, so let me walk you through how long this torture lasts.

The Timeline of Alcohol Withdrawal

The intensity and duration of alcohol withdrawals vary in every person. Why? Because each human has unique genetics that determine bodily responses to intake substances- some might be lucky enough not to feel anything at all!

In general, mild-to-moderate cases last about five days, while severe forms can go up for several weeks (a lifetime in torture time). Here’s an approximate timeline:

Hours 1-2:

You’ll start feeling agitated and anxious as soon as your BAC starts dropping sharply after your drinking session comes to an end.

Hours 8-24:

Migraines will gradually set in during these hours with extreme light sensitivity or photophobia.

Days 1-3:

Now things take more intense turns; insomnia would become mandatory as opposed to being voluntary due t0 convulsions or seizures occurring at night since they usually constitute the most challenging part of alcohol detoxification: hallucinations and hearing things that aren’t there such as voices reminding you why should keep drinking although none is around were either are very common during this phase

T +4 days onwards

Slowly but surely, things ought to get better once any traces left behind by previous episodes clear out instinctively without intervention from medical professionals except vitamins containing extra Vitamin C&B thiamine which they may also supply you within this period if prescribed.

Acute Withdrawal Symptoms

Now that you have a pretty good idea of the timeline let’s go in-depth and explore some nasty symptoms associated with alcohol detoxification (Warning: Graphic content ahead)

Tremors (Shakes)

Your hands, legs, or torso might shake uncontrollably leaving you perceiving yourself as an out-of-control robot. It’s not surprising to see that most big drinkers tend to hang up their cleats at such a stage since it requires medical intervention under which clonidine can be administered (That’s right – I know medical terms too).


Not everyone will face seizures, but it belongs on our list due to the possibility that life-threatening incidents happen more often than not during withdrawal without proper care received by medicos.

Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS)

Even after going through acute withdrawals smoothly, people may encounter post-acute withdrawal syndrome from days 14–21 of abstinence onwards anytime later for years! These symptoms are generally psychological rather than physiological.

Here are some examples:

• Irritability

• Depression

• Anxiety

• Reduced concentration level – inability to focus or remember things easily.

• Cravings 🙁

They’re all worse when they last five years instead!

The time scale is flexible; situations differ depending on persons and circumstances-so never enter into things hastily!
Some factors influencing post-acute withdrawals include lifestyle habits like smoking weed-now banned by WADA for competing athletes-, your body type-genetics/epigenetics(please look these words up if they’re new)-not providing sufficient rest+- nutrition regularly enough. By eating healthy foods at regular intervals while resting adequately between intense physical activities rather than following only diets rich mostly fats/sugars devoured quickly until adjusting became impossible would actually preserve optimal health for humans everywhere.

Final Thoughts

Alcohol withdrawal can be daunting and intense for some, but with proper medical guidance and self-care routines in place, the journey isn’t so bleak as it may seem.

Take care of your wellbeing; always consult a licensed doctor or therapist (or even friends) to ensure you have all the support you need.

Now let’s raise our water jugs together to healthier weekends: Cheers!

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