If you are concerned about the dangers of withdrawal from a physical dependency to alcohol, or if you are suffering from suicidal depression please do talk to a doctor. We are here and will be here to share support throughout your recovery but please do detox safely with medical assistance if you are concerned about the physical or psychological risks of quitting cold turkey.
Many of us did indeed stop cold turkey from a level of consumption that might be considered dangerous and suffered withdrawal symptoms that were not more intense than a hangover but the risks involved are very specific to the individual and only a trained physician can determine the safety to you.
The following was written by one of our members, as an outline of possible withdrawal symptoms to be aware of :
If you are WITHIN THE FIRST FOUR DAYS of no longer drinking alcohol, please pay close attention to your body as some TEMPORARY signs and symptoms of alcohol withdrawal may appear and can potentially be life-threatening. If you are experiencing any combination of the following:
Shaking in your hands and/or body, headaches, vomiting where you can’t keep anything down including water, racing heartbeat, confusion, or extreme weakness that does not go away or continues to get worse, please seek medical attention promptly.
In rare instances, you may have feelings of electrical shocks going through your body, hearing voices of people who are not there, seeing or feeling as if there are things touching you that know are not physically present, please seek medical attention promptly.
Here is an online resource, if you do so choose, that may help you if you are questioning whether or not you need medical attention: https://www.mdcalc.com/ciwa-ar-alcohol-withdrawal
Please be advised that this site (BOOM) is not monitored by health professionals. We are a conglomerate of persons who are working through our personal obstacles with removing alcohol from our lives in a private and relaxed forum and are here to support ourselves and others by sharing our knowledge, stories and experiences.
The BOOM Community is a sort of think tank and support group. We are quite literally here to Rethink the Drink, through writing and reading, and sharing our stories. For those of us who started BOOM Rethink the Drink and the Boozemusings Blog, this system of peer support and storytelling is the thing that helped us finally stop drinking, or learn to drink moderately, after many years of failed attempts.
As we say in our member guidelines ( please do read them if you haven’t )
We are NOT trained addiction counselors. We do not provide medical advice, diagnosis, and or treatment, nor does anything on this website create a physician/patient relationship. If you require medical advice, diagnosis or treatment please seek out professional help.
This article on Stages of Alcohol-Withdrawal Symptoms From Day 1 to Day 30 and Beyond is excellent
In the event that you are in a crisis and need a contact hotline please refer to this list, If you would like to add trusted hotlines or services in your area please do add them to the comments on this post
SAMHSA’s National Helpline
Also known as, the Treatment Referral Routing Service, this Helpline provides 24-hour free and confidential treatment referral and information about mental and/or substance use disorders, prevention, and recovery in English and Spanish.
Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Website: www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org(link is external)
24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Your call is routed to the nearest crisis center in the national network of more than 150 crisis centers.
Drinkline is the national alcohol helpline. If you’re worried about your own or someone else’s drinking, you can call this free helpline in complete confidence. Call 0300 123 1110 (weekdays 9am to 8pm, weekends 11am to 4pm).
Also worth including this link, as it lists everything for the heavy drinker and his/her family.
UK SMART RECOVERY
Western Australia – South of Perth. Free Counselling service. South West Community Drug and Alcohol Services: 08 9721 9256
Alcohol Drug Info Service
Phone: 02 9361 8000
Directline Ph: 1800 888 236
MHC Ph: 9442500
Country Ph: 1800198024
ADIS Ph: 1300131340
ADIS ph: 1800131350
ADIS Ph: 1800177833
ADF ph: 1300858584
We will happily add any hotlines that are trusted in your country although we prefer that they not be associated with a rehab facility that may be looking for business. Boozemusings and BOOM are decidedly non-commercial. You are welcome to add Hotlines to this post inside BOOM
Boozemusings is a lifestyle blog and the BOOM Community is a peer support group. We are NOT trained addiction counselors but simply a community of people who have overcome or are overcoming alcohol issues. We do not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, nor does anything on this website create a physician/patient relationship. If you require medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, please consult your physician.