From the article: Symptoms of Alcohol Withdrawal
Most people experience some kind of withdrawal symptoms when they try to quit drinking alcohol. What were the toughest parts of withdrawal for you? Please share what you experienced and how you dealt with it. You also may want to take this quiz to determine if your withdrawals are mild or severe. Post Your Answer
ITS ALL ABOUT THE PEOPLE THAT I LOVE
- I am 57 years old. Have a great job, well paid, no financial problems, a wife that loves me most of the time and two wonderful young kids (got married late in life). I am also an alcoholic and for nearly 20 years have been a bottle of wine a night drinker. Its pretty easy....a glass when I get home watching the news, a couple chatting with my wife whilst she prepares dinner, a couple with dinner then bingo one more empty bottle in the recycle bin. I have always been aware I have had a problem but a good diet, lots of exercise and a stimulating job meant it really did not concern me. Now I am older the weight is harder to loose, I keep on looking in the mirror in the morning and wondering who the old haggard looking guy is. I know I needed to moderate my drinking but always found excuses not to until a couple of months back when my beautiful 16 year old daughter said to me Dad when I leave home the only memories I will have of you are that you are an alcoholic. Very sobering.
- —Guest Andrew
Feeling blah day 7
- The last 4 days have been not so great. It's Saturday night and this is a true test of willpower as weekends were my time to drink and relax. 2 days ago I was experiencing numbness and tingling in one arm. Very scary but thankfully it only lasted a day. I took B 12 and maybe that helped. I haven't had trouble sleeping I have been taking melatonin but having very strange dreams. Most mornings I wake up with headache or stomach ache and I feel like I drank the night before even though I didn't. Paranoia is hitting me too, and a bit if depression. I hope my post helps others who are going through the same thing. I will continue to read these posts everyday
- —Guest Wine lover
- Went cold turkey in my apartment, never would do it again, because it frighted me so much. My Doctor works with me now.
- —Guest Aine
- I have been progressively increasing the amount of alcohol that I would consume on a daily basis. Right now It is 2:00 am and I am wide awake. The only reason I am sober is because my partner is next to me. He HATES when I drink. My thoughts are scattered, my heart feels like it's going to explode and I am having trouble typing this. I just hate the lies I tell myself about my drinking. I don't know what it's going to take. My mom is in AA and has always been there for me. One evening, after my partner called her out of desperation, she looked me straight in the eyes with tears in hers and said "you will either beat this or it's going to kill you" so that's it. There is no middle ground. My partner is fed up with it but fear rules my life. I have slowly designed my life around alcohol. That's pretty sad.
- —Guest Tyler
- Congrats for coming this far. You are definitely over the worst of the physical withdrawal symptoms. I know exactly what you mean about feeling so good that your mind tricks you that you can, in fact, handle one, two, or maybe more drinks. I've had to remind myself that I cannot handle one drink. One will end up ten, and let the binging begin. I know I have an addictive personality and I know I do not want to go back down that road. I will end up at square one. This still happens to me and I'm 10 months sober. What I do is remember my lowest point and think how many days I waste, How many opportunities I have missed and those I have hurt. We are so lucky to acknowledge the damage this drug has done and we get a second chance at life. There is so much more to live for. When you have those weak moments write down all the positive things you have in your life now. You are strong. I wish you all the luck, Marilyn
- —Guest Marilyn
More to follow
- Luv this site. Been a heavy drinker since age 18 . Only til recent years have i gone thru some serious life threatening withdrawals....the worse episode of puking bile occurred last monday. Thought of the greats that went down ..john bonham, keith moon... Gagging in their own puke. I woke up in time to bend over the porcelain god and continue to throw up all day. Could not hold down water. Body cold as ice, no not a foreigner song here this is no medley. I stumble out of bathroom , family ignoring me, and i go back to bed but cannot sleep. Try to sleep try to sleep ...back to the bathroom and again let loose the only two sips of water ive downed. Back of throat killing me as well as my brain. I am totally pickled. Cant think straight yet i continue to pray to god if he lets me live thru this last bender i will never have another drink . I said this april last year ,stayed sober til invite to bears pack game, bottle a day since than stopped last monday last chance .
- Has destroyed my life. Everything I read here, I can relate in one way or another. I want to quit and be sober again. I wish I get the strength to quit it again. Until yesterday, I was drinking 750 ML per day for the last 10 days. I didn't drink today and have not been able to sleep. I haven't even gotten shakes yet but I experienced it in my prior attempts. I haven't eaten or drank water. I'll try water with salt. Been smoking a strong weed and may be that's helping. I hope to fall asleep but does not look like it is happening easily. I'm going to experience a really bad time. I want to go to the bath tub. But I'm starting to feel bad thoughts. I'm scared. I don't want to die. I have lost too many people. Seldom anyone talks with me now. I hope that will change in the next several months.
- —Guest joe
- I wrote a book about my struggle with alcoholism. I’m pretty much happy being sober, the good times being sober outweigh the bad times of being drunk or an alcoholic. I still fight the urge, but it’s okay, it is good to be sober! The book is called “In this moment~ an alcoholic’s path to recovery”, and can be found on amazon, barnes and noble, etc. Information for a free copy available there at amazon.
- —Guest James
- After a week dry, most symptoms are gone, my insides feel better, and I'm sleeping. Going from a pint to a fifth of vodka or tequila each day, I expected worse symptoms than what I experienced. I had the racing heart, shakes, irritability, and loss of appetite. That's mostly behind me now. The problem I always have though, is that when I get to this point and feel better, I start to think that I can handle a drink. I know that I need to stay away from it, stay busy, etc., because the first drink is the one that starts the cycle all over.
- —Guest Bullet
- I'm 35 years old I started drinking since I was 13 my first time I got drunk I had a blackout I've had hundreds of them since then, for the grace of god who's my higher power I haven't killed my self or anybody but I've had some many embarrassing and serious incidents I've hurt so many people specially my wife and my loved ones who had put up with so much cause of my problem I lost so many jobs and now I'm home I stopped drinking 2 days ago from A 10 day binge and now I'm in a bad withdrawing I need help so Bad!
- —Guest Verdugox
63 days sober
- I'm a 22 yr old male been a heavy drinker for 3 yrs just out of the blue I woke up with feeling breathless and as I couldn't feel my heart beat . I had shakes that will come and go that I could not control nights were scary I felt my chest tight like if I had knots in the veins of my heart uhhh it was horrible . That was just the first week. As the days past I got anxiety attacks where I felt as I needed air to breath I couldn't breath right felt like I was drowning. First month was hard. Second month i felt out of place still dealing with breathing problems but it's all getting better slowly it's been 63 days since my last drink dr put me on lisinopril 10mg for my blood pressure and As of today I still feel little fear but I'm fighting to make my self feel better I hope this story helps somebody
- —Guest Jose
- Hi everyone , I consider myself a moderate drinker but would like to completely stop for awhile. Although I rarely drink more than a half a bottle of wine a night the fact that I am doing that more nights than not worries me. So I am going for 30 days without alcohol. Today is day 3, so far so good. Had a bit of a headache yesterday . I have been starting each day with hot water and lemon juice and taking melatonin at night to help me sleep. I feel lucky that my withdrawal symptoms haven't included shakes, or vomiting . I know I'm not an alcoholic at this point in my life but I feel like if I don't try to stop now I will become one.
- —Guest Wine lover
- I started drinking hard for 4 years starting in my late 20's. Im 30 right now and have been to rehab and made multiple hospital visits. The worst i ever felt was puking, staying up all night, and the worst even worse then puking was the auditory and visual hallucinations. I need to quit for good.
- —Guest Clif
- The last drink I had was while watching the Olympic Hockey finals at 5am last sunday. I have been exercising every day since and feeling pretty good until the weekend hit. I had made a promise to myself that I would not drink alone and only drink on weekends. Its Sunday afternoon and I have been irritated and aggressive all morning. Its been very frustrating. I am usually smiling and a very social person but I moved back to my small town to live with my parents to help me sober up and it is bringing me down. My drinking replaced all the things I used to do that brought joy to life. This post has no point but its helped to calm down a bit. Time to go exercise some more.
- —Guest Keith
Drink a ton of nonsugar liquids
- Detoxing is what has harmed my body the most as an alcoholic. Ive detoxes over 7 times, 3 of them was fully successful, with two of those successful being medically treated and supervised. If you are detoxing stay calm and make sure you have someone with you, at least in the house so you can be checked on frequently. Taper off the alcohol if you can to the point where you are only drinking beer, and if you are already only drinking beer see if you can get yourself down to a place where your not having the shakes. Keeping hydrated is most important. Drinking gatorade or putting very light salt in your water will help your cells retain it. If you have the ability try to exercise. Get out into the sun or outside and try to stretch and move around. Eating is most difficult though if possible will helps you bounds and means you are on the road to recovery Stay positive and if you really can't handle it then its no worry. If all else fails get yourself to the emergency room.
- —Guest jd
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