The Major Side Effects of Alcohol Withdrawal

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Unbeknownst to most people, alcohol can be a very dangerous substance to up and quit without the guided help of a medical professional. Although it is one of the most widely abused substances in the U.S. and other countries, that doesn’t mean it isn’t any less dangerous than street drugs. Here’s why.


Alcohol Withdrawal Can Kill You

Unfortunately, this is a true fact, and if you’re thinking about detoxing from alcohol at home, we highly advise you to seek professional medical treatment instead. Many of the side effects that are due to alcohol detox are very serious and are not considered to be minor side effects by any means.

The Dangerous Side Effects

  • Possibility of Seizures
  • Convulsions
  • Fever
  • Increased Heart Rate Which Could Lead to a Heart Attack
  • Onset of Mental Instability due to the Lack of Alcohol in Your System
  • Profuse Sweating
  • Severe Anxiety

Can You Really Die From Not Drinking Alcohol?

The possibility is very real, and unfortunate for those who have suffered a tragic fate from alcohol withdrawal. This fact still surprises many people due to the fact that alcohol is so readily available just about everywhere. Some critics deem alcohol one of the worst substances in the world, and in many ways, they are right. Most people detoxing from other street drugs, benzodiazepines excluded, will suffer physical and mental distress from the lack of drugs in their system, but they will not die from detox.

Why Take The Risk? Get The Right Help, Right Now

If you or a loved one that you know is suffering from alcohol addiction and they want to get help, don’t let them do it alone. You can call our 24 hour hotline 7 days a week. Our expert doctors and medical staff will make sure they go through alcohol detox safely and comfortably. BE SAFE, NOT SORRY. If you want to learn more about potential dangers of alcohol addiction, please read this article by The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.


Medically Reviewed: September 25, 2019

Dr Ashley

Medical Reviewer

Chief Editor


All of the information on this page has been reviewed and verified by a certified addiction professional.

Dr Ashley Murray obtained her MBBCh Cum Laude in 2016. She currently practices in the public domain in South Africa. She has an interest in medical writing and has a keen interest in evidence-based medicine.

All of the information on this page has been reviewed and verified by a certified addiction professional.