What Are The Signs of Alcoholism And Its Dangers?
Here’s a common attitude…”I’ll tough it out and detox at home and if things get too serious, then I’ll just head to the ER.”
Things can deteriorate rather quickly than you might realize, which exposes you to a lot of very avoidable risk. Here are for good reasons to get a physician involved right from the start:
- Alcohol withdrawal can kill you, so it’s worth taking this matter seriously.
- Though you may think you could just head to the ER if needed, withdrawal symptoms can go from moderate to life threatening quickly and without warning.
Severe Alcohol Withdrawal Can Lead To Life Threatening Delirium Tremens:
- Roughly 5% of people presenting with alcohol withdrawal symptoms will progress to a syndrome known as the delirium tremens, or DT’s. Left untreated, DT’s have a 15 -20% fatality rate, but with appropriate treatment, that rate falls to between 1 – 5%.
DT’s are only one of many life-threatening scenarios to worry about. Other life threatening complications can include:
- Accident trauma (you fall over and bang your head)
- Severe dehydration and electrolyte imbalance
- Alcohol withdrawal symptoms combining with other conditions, such as diabetes, kidney disease or other acute infections
Problematically, alcohol withdrawal symptoms can change quickly – going from mild to severe within a period of hours, not days.
Since symptoms can change quickly, and since you could go from moderate discomfort to life-threatening distress within a few hours, it’s important that anyone at risk of serious complications start out under medical observation, receiving medications that can stop serious symptoms before they get started.