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 people who are working through our personal obstacles with removing alcohol from our lives in a private and relaxed forum. We are here to seek support ourselves and support 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

We also recommend checking out this website AddictionGuide.Com for information on alcohol detox and treatment options.

In the event that you are in a crisis and need a contact hotline please refer to this list.

International Crisis Hotlines

Click here for International Online Suicide Prevention Chat Room, Hotlines and Emergency Numbers

Click here to see an extensive list of suicide hotlines, crisis lines and helplines from around the world.


 Western Australia – South of Perth. Free Counselling service. South West Community Drug and Alcohol Services: 08 9721


Sydney, Australia
Alcohol Drug Info Service
Phone: 02 9361 8000

Victoria, Australia
Directline Ph: 1800 888 236
Western Australia
MHC Ph: 9442500
Country Ph: 1800198024
South Australia
ADIS Ph: 1300131340
Northern Territory
ADIS ph: 1800131350
ADIS Ph: 1800177833
ADF ph: 1300858584

Hotlines Hello Sunday Morning

Canadian Crisis Hotlines

Get Help – Talk Suicide Canada

A website that helps with depression, suicide prevention and help finding free counselling.

Gov. of Canada Mental health support

Free and confidential mental health and substance use support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from Wellness Together Canada.

Crisis Hotlines in Portugal

SOS Voz Amiga

SOS Voz Amiga offers emotional support to people in Portugal who are in distress or at risk of suicide.

Tel: 213544545

Tel: 912802660

Tel: 963524660

Suicide Hotlines

Suicide Hotlines provide emotional support and help to people across Portugal who are distress or at risk of suicide.

Tel: 21 854 0740

Tel: 8 96 898 2150

Voz de Apoio

Voz de Apoio provides free, punctual, anonymous, and confidential emotional support, without judgment to people in Portugal. The helpline is available from 21:00 to 00:00 in Mainland and Madeira. From 20:00 to 23:00 in Azores.

Tel: 225 50 60 70

Telefone da Amizade

Telefone da Amizade provides emotional support and help to people across Portugal who are in distress or at risk of suicide. The helpline is available every day from 16:00 to 23:00.

Tel: 22 832 35 35

Vozes Amigas de Esperança

Vozes Amigas de Esperança supports people in emotional crisis situations, helping them to find paths and tools for happiness. The helpline is available from 16:00 – 22:00.

Tel: 222 030 707

Crisis Hotlines in spain
  • 024 The new Spanish government free 24-hour 365-day helpline run by the Red Cross. Real time telephone interpreting service for non-Spanish speakers.
  • Samaritans in Spain Free helpline in English for anyone feeling desperate, anxious or alone: 900525100 between 10am and 10pm or email pat@samaritansinspain.com. www.samaritansinspain.com
  • Anar Helpline and chat for children and teens (Spanish). 900202010 www.anar.org

Crisis Hotlines in the U.K.

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.


Website: www.smartrecovery.org.uk 

Crisis Hotlines in the United States 

SAMHSA’s National Helpline

1-800-662-HELP (4357)
TTY: 1-800-487-4889

Website: www.samhsa.gov/find-help/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)
TTY: 1-800-799-4889
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.

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.

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