Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms

  • Tremors (Shakes): These usually begin within 5 to 10 hours after the last alcohol drink and typically peak at 24 to 48 hours. Along with tremors (trembling), you can have a rapid pulse, an increase in blood pressure, rapid breathing, sweating, nausea and vomiting, anxiety or a hyper-alert state, irritability, nightmares or vivid dreams, and insomnia.
  • Alcohol Hallucinosis: This symptom usually begins within 12 to 24 hours after your last drink and may last as long as 2 days once it begins.
  • Alcohol withdrawal seizures: Seizures may occur 6 to 48 hours after the last drink, and it is common for several seizures to occur over several hours. The risk peaks at 24 hours.
  • Delirium Tremens (DT’s): Delirium tremens commonly begins two to three days after the last alcohol drink, but it may be delayed more than a week.
    • Its peak intensity is usually four to five days after the last drink. This condition causes dangerous shifts in your breathing, your circulation and your temperature control. It can cause your heart to race dangerously or can cause your blood pressure to increase dramatically, and it can cause severe dehydration.
    • Delirium tremens also can temporarily reduce the amount of blood flow to your brain. Symptoms can include confusion, disorientation, stupor or loss of consciousness, nervous or angry behavior, irrational beliefs, soaking sweats, sleep disturbances, and hallucinations.