Delirium Tremens are usually caused by alcohol withdrawal. When occurs it is often three days into the alcohol withdrawal symptoms and lasts two to three days. People may also hear or see things other people do not. Physical effects may include the shakes, shivering, irregular heart rate and sweating.
Occasionally high temperature or possibly seizures may result in death. Alcohol is one of the most dangerous substances to withdraw from.
Delirium Tremens typically occurs in people with a high intake of alcohol for more than a month. A similar syndrome may occur with benzo withdrawal and barbiturate withdrawal . Withdrawal from stimulants such as cocaine does not have major medical complications.
In a person with delirium tremens it is important not to rule out other associated problems such as electrolyte abnormalities, pancreatitis and alcoholic hepatitis
Prevention starts by treating withdrawal symptoms. If delirium tremens occurs, aggressive treatment and therapy at Addiction Treatment Nationwide improves outcomes. Treatment at Addiction Rehab Nationwide includes a Medical Detox with sufficient light (recommended.)
Medications at Addiction Rehab Nationwide centers are administered in a professional environment with high end amenities like plush leather couches,flat screen TVs, healthy 4 course meals and light yoga,acupuncture, massage therapy, gym with a personal trainer and meditation. We also use vitamin therapy i.e thiamine, is highly recommended.
Mortality without treatment is between 15% and 40%. Currently death occurs in about 1% to 4% of cases.
About half of people with alcoholism will develop withdrawal symptoms upon reducing their use. Of these, three to five percent develop DTs or have seizures. It is also called shaking frenzy and Saunders-Sutton syndrome. Nicknames include barrel-fever, blue horrors, bottleache, bats, drunken horrors, elephants, gallon distemper, quart mania, pink spiders, among others.
Alcohol poisoning occurs when a person consumes an excessive amount of alcohol. Alcohol can depress or stop nerve signals that control breathing and the gag reflex that prevents choking; alcohol poisoning is a serious condition that can lead to irreversible brain damage or death if not treated immediately.
Signs of alcohol poisoning include:
- An unconscious person could choke and suffocate from vomiting.
- Passing out, coma, or inability to awaken the person.
- Slow breathing—fewer than 8 breaths a minute.
- Irregular breathing—10 seconds or more between breaths.
- Low body temperature (hypothermia), bluish skin, and paleness.
The level of alcohol in the blood continues to rise even after a person stops drinking. It can take around 30 to 90 minutes for the alcohol to enter the bloodstream, circulate throughout the body, and cause full intoxication. The amount of time depends on how quickly and how much the person drank along with what else is in the stomach.
Drinking coffee, walking or sleeping it off, or taking a cold shower will not help reverse the symptoms of alcohol poisoning. Immediate medical Detox and treatment is always needed if you suspect alcohol poisoning Call Us At 844 279 7170 /24 Hr Confidential Help
Alcohol Addiction and Causes of Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome
Heavy, prolonged drinking — especially excessive daily drinking — disrupts the brain’s neurotransmitters, the brain chemicals that transmit messages.
For example, alcohol initially enhances the effect of GABA, the neurotransmitter which produces feelings of relaxation and calm. But chronic alcohol consumption eventually suppresses GABA activity so that more and more alcohol is required to produce the desired effects, a phenomenon known as tolerance.
Chronic alcohol consumption also suppresses the activity of glutamate, the neurotransmitter which produces feelings of excitability. To maintain equilibrium, the glutamate system responds by functioning at a far higher level than it does in moderate drinkers and nondrinkers.
When heavy drinkers suddenly stop or significantly reduce their alcohol consumption, the neurotransmitters previously suppressed by alcohol are no longer suppressed. They rebound, resulting in a phenomenon known as brain hyperexcitability. So, the effects associated with alcohol withdrawal — anxiety, irritability, agitation, tremors, seizures, and DTs — are the opposite of those associated with alcohol consumption