Can You Die from Alcohol Withdrawal?

As most of us know, alcohol is a fermented beverage that has been around for thousands upon thousands of years. We can find i

Jan 26
2018

As most of us know, alcohol is a fermented beverage that has been around for thousands upon thousands of years. We can find it at any corner store and can obtain it in many forms. United States laws mandate it so that the legal age to purchase alcohol is 21, but of course, age never stops a true alcoholic.

Nothing will prevent us from wrapping our lips around a bottle if that’s what is craved. The liquid courage as they call it is known to be an antidepressant, a painkiller, and a social amenity. However, as with anything we introduce to our body internally or externally, we quickly adapt to it. The body and mind start expecting it. Soon our alcoholic wonderland is nothing of a luxury but a necessity.   

When it comes to drinking and having a little fun, nobody warned us of the times like this. Alcoholism becomes this blindfolded game of pin the tail on the donkey. You don’t have any sense of direction, you can’t see a thing, and it seems that everybody is shouting at you what to do next. Lost is an understatement. Even worse is that in this analogy, we are the tail waiting for our destiny to be pinned to the wall by alcoholic thinking. A little fun turns into a lot of hurts as reality sets in. As alcohol withdrawals and desperation follow, that reality quickly becomes jails, institutions, and death.  

Alcoholism and Baba O’Riley

Alcoholism in the United States is the very essence of “teenage wasteland”. We live in a country plagued by the disease of addiction and all anybody talks about is what we should be doing to stop it. Those who have the money or those that are running the country should be helping with alcoholic prevention more but are completely absent from the scene. Too many in today’s world booze and consume narcotics without any realization what they are doing to themselves. No clue at all how alcohol withdrawals can kill you or that nearly every house on the block has witnessed overdose in some form or another.

You see, the body is an extremely adaptive vessel that will adjust to stress as it sees fit. This idea goes along with healthy concepts such as building muscle over time from weight lifting or having your skin thicken from living in a cold terrain. Unfortunately, it also goes with alcohol withdrawals and the expectations the body will create of the chemicals introduced regularly. Like it or not, the mind and body will begin to expect these chemicals. Sadly too many of us will drink into oblivion, creating these alcohol withdrawals without the slightest inkling of the dependency illustrated.  

The Alcoholic Death Wish

Most of us make up reasons to have a drink- and then there are alcoholics. We alcoholics allow the bottle to be a means to an end but fail to realize why nothing is ending but our lives. Drinking becomes our holy answer to everything the obsession continues to perpetuate. We’ll find any reason to prevent the alcohol withdrawals such as:  

  • Celebration
  • Grievance
  • Creating comfort
  • Creating discomfort
  • Dealing with
  • Not Dealing with

Any justification available will be used as our living, breathing excuse to feed this disease. Typically we don’t realize the severity of this hole we are digging, but that doesn’t stop the alcohol withdrawals from making themselves known. To stuff those down- we drink more. This dependency just continues to get deeper while we begin willingly digging our own graves. Eventually, the body isn’t going to want to return to its state of health. If we try turning around once we’ve gone too far, it may be too late. By then, the body may no longer be listening to the alcoholic mind.  

Actually Choosing Life

Since alcohol withdrawals are not always a death sentence but contrarily can kill you, it is best to go about detoxification in a healthy environment. Everyone’s body handles alcohol withdrawals a little differently, but most experience similar side effects on their journey. Fortunately, when detox is appropriated in a safe manner, death is not nearly as prominent a word as alcoholic potential may suggest. Some of the death-defying symptoms felt will include:

  • Hot/Cold Flashes
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Loss of Voluntary Functions
  • Insomnia
  • Migraines/Body Aches  
  • Shakes/Delirium Tremens

Sounds like a glorious time right? Regrettably, there’s no sugarcoating it. Once alcohol withdrawals begin the body will feel like its dying and you will be questioning every decision you’ve possibly ever made leading up to that moment. Time will seem to come to a standstill as you feel this general sense of unease and discomfort take over. However, rest completely assured that it’s not the end. Once again, doing this in a safe setting while under medical examination for your alcohol withdrawals can be the difference between life and death.

Having somebody there for you will ensure that you’re taking in the nutrients you’re losing thru the different bodily fluids pouring out of you. Medical professionals will be able to monitor blood pressure, fevers, and other potentially threatening things that will occur while going through alcohol withdrawal. So in other words, you can die, but you will not, as long as you embrace the opportunity for safe detox. If you’re picking recovery then you’re picking life over death. It’s time to start doing things the right way- the safe way.

It’s Only the Beginning

It may seem like a long path ahead, but making it onto the other side of the grass will be the most rewarding thing any alcoholic can do for themselves. All drugs and booze will bring are certified misery for your mind, body, and soul. Stand up and quit letting the bottle bully you. If you or a loved one has been struggling with getting a firm grasp on sobriety and need detoxification, please call 1-866-663-3030 or visit www.pasadenarecoverycenter.com. Our teams of specialists are waiting to help figure out what options are best for sending your life is a comfortable direction that you can proudly stand behind.  

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