Causes of Alcohol Withdrawal

Heavy and long-term drinking are the number one causes of severe symptoms when trying to detox from alcohol. When first consuming alcohol, the neurotransmitters in the brain that produce feelings of calmness and happiness are enhanced. But, when an individual consumes alcohol on a day-to-day basis, these same neurotransmitters are suppressed, causing an individual’s tolerance to build up. Eventually, these neurotransmitters become completely disrupted, causing a reliance on the substance in order to regain these feelings.

When alcohol is taken away for periods of time, the neurotransmitters are no longer suppressed, allowing them to come back to life. However, this process can be a long one and cause the individual to experience severe symptoms of Delirium Tremens, such as anxiety, insomnia, agitation, seizures, and sweating.

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