Duration of Withdrawal
On average, the first symptoms of withdrawal will appear within the first 5 to 10 hours after the last drink. The first signs of withdrawal are typically tremors or shakes. In some severe cases, hallucinations and seizures may follow.
Alcohol withdrawal will be at its worst a day or two after the last drink, with most symptoms subsiding throughout the next week.
Physical symptoms will actually taper off before the psychological ones do. Long-term effects of withdrawal can last for months or possibly even years after the last drink. These symptoms may include lingering depression or sleep disturbances.
Alcohol Withdrawal Timeline
First 12 hours Heavy drinkers may experience some tremors a few hours after their last drink. Other symptoms during the first ½ day include: irritability, nausea, sweating, rapid heartbeat, high blood pressure, vomiting and insomnia.
Days 1-2 Most symptoms will peak 1 to 2 days after the last drink. Symptoms may include seizures, night terrors, panic attacks and hallucinations.
Days 3-5 Shakiness, ongoing feelings of nervousness, and mood swings can last up to a week after the last drink. During this time, Delirium tremens may occur as well.
Days 6+ Beyond the first week, some former heavy drinkers may experience longer-lasting effects of withdrawal, most of which are psychological. They may include anxiety, irritability, mood swings, changing levels of energy and trouble sleeping. These symptoms often appear in waves and can last for many months after the last drink.
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