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The withdrawal from alcohol is very painful and dangerous. When a heavy drinker or alcoholic attempts to stop drinking without the help of an alcohol detox in Washington they will go through an excruciating process known as withdrawals. Withdrawals occur when someone who has been drinking heavily on a daily basis stops consuming alcohol abruptly.
There is no way to say what the exact tipping point is between casual drinking and heavy drinking. There are a few factors that come into play; one’s age, gender, weight, metabolism, and tolerance will all affect how alcohol interacts with the body. When someone begins drinking on a daily basis and their consumption starts interfering with their personal and professional life, in a negative way, then it is probably time to change. When someone begins to have multiple drinks on a daily basis they are putting themselves at risk of becoming physically and mentally dependant on alcohol. Once physically addicted, it is strongly suggested the user seek out help at a medically assisted alcohol detox in Washington.
Alcohol is a mood and mind-altering substance that is classified as a central nervous system depressant. When someone drinks alcohol it will enter the bloodstream and the user will begin to feel its intoxicating effects. This is caused by the ethanol found inside alcohol. The water-soluble ethanol pretty much has a “bus pass” for the human body. It will enter the stomach and will quickly make its way to the digestive system, from there it will take a trip through the bloodstream, through cells, the heart and makes the final stop at the brain. Once ethanol enters the brain, the remaining “bus passengers” will get off and wander around the brain. They make certain stops and cause dopamine to be released to specific nerve receptors.
One receptor that ethanol specifically loves is glutamate, a neurotransmitter that stimulates the neurons. When the ethanol gets to this area it will slow the user down. Their reaction time, ability to respond to stimuli and actions will decrease. This is mixed with feeling pleasure, happiness, and euphoria. The more ethanol one puts into their system, the more intoxicated they will become.
Alcohol will be metabolized by enzymes in the liver, alcohol is essentially poison, but in smaller quantities the liver can handle it. When the user begins to intake more alcohol on a regular basis the liver will wonder what’s going on, this can lead to liver irreparable liver damage. When some drinks an excessive amount of alcohol in a short period of time they can die from alcohol poisoning. The brain becomes so slowed down from the ethanol that it stops sending crucial signals to the body. The brain forgets to tell the heart to beat. It forgets to tell the lungs to inhale and exhale. This can easily lead to respiratory and heart failure which can be fatal.
When someone begins to drink excessively for an extended period of time their body will become physically dependant on the alcohol. The withdrawals from alcohol are painful and can even be deadly. These symptoms can be felt when the user doesn’t intake any alcohol for around 8-12 hours. They will start mild and get more severe as time progresses. Many drinkers will continue to get intoxicated to avoid these physical symptoms. When someone enters an alcohol detox in Washington they will receive medication to help offset these painful withdrawals.
The most common alcohol withdrawal symptoms are:
These symptoms are common when a heavy drinker tries to stop suddenly. If this person is an alcoholic and has been drinking large quantities of alcohol for some time they are going to have more intense versions of the symptoms above. They may also go through delirium tremens. During DTs the user can experience intense auditory and visual hallucinations, they will not be able to sleep, will be very confused, experience delusions and can experience a grand mal seizure. While in DTs the drinker may have brain failure or heart failure which can lead to death. The medical staff at an alcohol detox in Washington will make sure you or your loved one is safe and comfortable throughout the withdrawals.
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