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Alcohol withdrawal

02/12/2002

Question:

I understand that the withdrawal symptoms for a person who is a serious alcoholic can be very severe, and in some cases life-threatening when such a person stops drinking intantaneously.

What are the probable withdrawal symptoms (and dangers) if the person could slowly over a period of 3-4 months steadily reduce their daily alcohol consumption on a planned and controlled schedule? Specifically, assumming a person could do this in a controlled manner, would the risk of serious withdrawal effects be less as the person approached zero intake, versus instantaneous stopping. Thank you

Answer:

This is not a smoking cessation question; I don`t think it falls into any of our current experts` fields.

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Response by:

Jerry   Friemoth, MD Jerry Friemoth, MD
Associate Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati