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10 Ways to Know You Might Experience Delirium Tremens

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Delirium tremens is the life-threatening withdrawal syndrome associated with severe alcohol dependence. If you are concerned you might be likely to experience this dangerous syndrome, seek safe, reliable detox treatment by calling 800-662-8079 now.

1. Heavy, Regular Drinking

According to the National Library of Medicine, the occurrence of delirium tremens is “especially common in those who” drink heavily and have done so “every day for several months.” For example:

  • Those who drink
    • 4 to 5 pints of wine
    • 7 to 8 pints of beer
    • 1 pint of hard alcohol

every day can expect to experience this issue.

2. Heavy Alcohol Abuse

Someone who does not regularly drink to the point of alcoholism could still experience delirium tremens. If you drink a large amount in one instance and stop suddenly, especially if you haven’t eaten enough, you could experience symptoms associated with delirium tremens.

3. Long-term Alcohol Use

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If you’ve been drinking for over 10 years, you’re at high risk of experiencing delirium tremens.

Individuals who have been drinking heavily for more than 10 years are very likely to experience this syndrome. It is very difficult to stop after long-term abuse, and your body will likely be very dependent on alcohol.

4. Other Medical Issues

As stated by the NLM, “You may have more severe withdrawal symptoms if you have certain other medical problems in addition to your addiction.” It is important to seek help immediately if you have co-occurring disorders affecting your recovery.

5. Polydrug Abuse

Those who abuse other substances, such as illegal drugs or prescription medications, in addition to alcohol are more likely to experience severe side effects, including stronger withdrawal symptoms.

6. History of Alcohol Withdrawal

In those who have withdrawn from alcohol in the past and then began drinking again to the point of dependence, withdrawal usually only becomes worse, often leading to delirium tremens symptoms.

7. Injuries

If you have undergone a major physical injury, especially on or around your head, and you are a heavy alcohol user, your chances of undergoing delirium tremens increase dramatically. Therefore, it is important to seek treatment for both medical conditions as soon as possible.

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8. Infections

Having an infection along with regular alcohol abuse can increase the likelihood that you will experience delirium tremens. At any sign of infection, it is important to seek treatment right away.

9. History of Seizures

One of the most dangerous symptoms delirium tremens can cause is seizure. If you have a history of seizures, brain damage, or a disorder affecting your brain, seek treatment and tell your doctor about any other issues that may be relevant.

10. Reducing Alcohol Use Too Quickly

Those who attempt to go through alcohol withdrawal at home often try to reduce their use of alcohol too quickly. By doing so, it is more likely that your symptoms will worsen, leading to delirium tremens.

Seek Alcohol Detox Now

Even if you do not believe you are in danger of experiencing the symptoms of delirium tremens, it is important to get professional help for withdrawal, as the more severe symptoms can manifest quickly and without warning. Let us help you find the safest rehab center for your needs by calling 800-662-8079 today.

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