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Alcohol causes inebriation, impaired judgment, and it can destroy your body when chronically abused. Alcoholism doesn’t just affect the alcoholic – it affects his or her family members and friends. Someone who chronically abuses alcohol will find they are chemically dependent on the substance. This means that their body requires the toxins found in alcohol, or else they start getting sick and going through alcohol withdrawal.

The majority of adults in the U.S. drink alcohol on a regular basis. In 2012, nearly 88% of people aged 18 or older reported they drank alcohol at least once during their lifetime. Most people are familiar with what can happen if they drink too much alcohol. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism lists some of the symptoms of over-consumption of alcohol. Long-term alcohol abuse can lead to high blood pressure, stroke, cirrhosis, alcoholic hepatitis, and even increased chances of cancer of the mouth, esophagus, and liver.

Alcohol withdrawal can be very dangerous and even deadly. Chronic drinkers may experience withdrawal symptoms starting just a few hours after they quit drinking. According to this report, alcohol withdrawal can start as soon as eight hours after the person’s last drink. Withdrawal symptoms usually peak within one to three days, but can last for weeks. Common symptoms of alcohol withdrawal include anxiety, fatigue, irritability, mood swings, nightmares, headaches, insomnia, loss of appetite, vomiting, rapid heart rate, sweating, and delirium tremens. Delirium tremens symptoms can be quite severe and include hallucinations, fear, quick mood changes, stupor, sleepiness, and fatigue. Seizures may also occur during the first 12-48 hours of abstaining from alcohol.

Get help right away if you or a loved one is suffering from alcohol addiction. We can help you.