Can I Quit Alcohol Cold Turkey?
Millions of Americans struggle with alcoholism and the effects of alcohol abuse. Alcohol is everywhere! You can find it on school campuses, at sporting events and in restaurants; it is available in most grocery stores and of course homes across the country. Once alcohol use become dependency, it can be very difficult to stop. If you are wondering “can I quit alcohol cold turkey” here are some important things to consider.
How Often Do You Drink?
Sometimes a reality check as to how often and how much you drink is in order. How many nights per week do you drink and how many drinks do you have? A drink is limited to one (1) 5-ounce glass of wine; one (1) 12-ounce bottle or beer or a wine cooler; or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof liquor. If your alcohol use is more than one or two drinks per night or more than fourteen drinks per week; you should seek professional medical detox assistance. Has your moderate drinking turned into binge drinking? Massively consuming alcohol in brief periods of time is the most dangerous method for drinking. For example, binge drinking increases your risk for alcohol poisoning. Although research indicates that there are some benefits to moderate alcohol use (especially red wine), if your drinking has resulted in incidents of driving while intoxicated, legal and financial trouble, or negative health consequences; it is probably a good time to consider quitting alcohol use.
Cold Turkey and Alcohol Withdrawal
Alcohol withdrawal is what an individual experiences when they stop drinking. The severity of your symptoms – which can range from mild to moderate or severe – will be determined by your alcohol use and dependency. The more severe the alcohol use, the greater the risk for intense and painful withdrawal. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms usually being about 24-hours after the last time alcohol was used and can continue up to about 72-hours. Once the physical symptoms subside, many people experience psychological symptoms for many months after they stop drinking. In severe alcohol withdrawal, some individuals experience what is known as delirium tremens or the DTs. The DTs appear within three to five days after alcohol use is stopped and include periods of disorientation, hallucinations, slowed heart rate and a drop in blood pressure, as well as extreme changes in body temperature. If the DTs are left untreated they can be fatal. Trying to quit alcohol cold turkey is dangerous. Call Gallus Detox Center today at 855-338-6929 and let us help you detox from alcohol.