Alcohol Withdrawal: Sleep Disturbances

Bill CarrickAlcohol Withdrawal

Sleep Disturbances Alcohol withdrawal has multiple signs and symptoms.  Recent posts on this blog have looked at tremors or shakes, appetite disturbance, and anxiety.  Another key symptom is trouble sleeping. Sleep disturbances include intense dreaming and nightmares. The withdrawal of Alcohol from an alcohol dependent person elicits symptoms that are just the opposite of what Alcohol may do for someone. Alcohol is often used by people to help them get to sleep. It can be effective to help people get to sleep but it is not effective in helping them stay asleep. The opposite of helping people to get to sleep … Read More

Alcohol Withdrawal: Anxiety

Bill CarrickAlcohol Withdrawal

Alcohol Related Anxiety The line “I need a drink” is often used by people who are high strung, who might have had a bad day, and they need something to relax themselves. Alcohol is an anti-anxiety agent for many. One of the symptoms of Alcohol Withdrawal is the opposite of this calming effect, it is alcohol related anxiety. Anxiety is a feeling of unease. One definition is “fear of the unknown”. You may feel ‘somethings just not right’. Another definition is “impending doom”. Anxiety is almost always a precursor to a panic attack. Alcohol related Anxiety alone would indicate a mild … Read More