Alcohol Withdrawal: Symptoms and Timelines

The alcohol withdrawal and detox process is one that should be managed and assessed by experienced medical professionals. The clinical medical team here at Primrose Lodge have detoxed thousands of alcoholics, minimising withdrawal symptoms and providing around-the-clock medical and therapeutic support to make the journey to sobriety as comfortable as possible.

Call us today and speak to one of our experienced addiction counsellors who can advise you on the next steps to recovery!

What Is Alcohol Withdrawal

If you drink heavily for weeks, months or years and abruptly stop or significantly cutback you will experience physical and mental problems known as alcohol withdrawal. Your body, via the central nervous system, (which has become re-wired to function with continued high levels of alcohol) starts to malfunction as it tries to operate without the drug-induced effects of alcohol.

What Causes Withdrawal?

Doctors and medical experts agree that alcohol depresses and suppresses brain function and directly changes the way your brain nerves communicate with each other. I.e. the sending of messages via the central nervous system

After months and years of hardened drinking the central nervous system adjusts to having alcohol continuously present. Also, dopamine levels that are kept artificially high by repeated alcohol consumption, crash once alcohol is no longer consumed. Your body works hard to keep your brain working without alcohol and remains in a heightened state to keep your nerves talking to one another but the body’s system starts to malfunction and horrendous side effects can occur.

Withdrawal Symptoms

Alcohol withdrawal symptoms range from person to person and is dependant on how much you drank and for how long.
If you attempt to go cold turkey or detox alone, you may experience some, if not all of the below:

  • Headaches
  • Mood swings
  • Insomnia
  • The shakes
  • Anxiety
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart palpitations
  • Seizures
  • Delirium tremens
  • Death


The Alcohol withdrawal process can be categorised as:

0-24 Hours: Anxiety, headaches, nausea, insomnia

Day 1-3: High blood pressure, increased body temperature, heart palpitations

Day 3-7: Delirium tremens, hallucinations, fever, seizures, and agitation

What Is A Medical Alcohol Detox?

During the medical alcohol detox process, patients are prescribed an approved medication to manage the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal. The process is tailored to the individual in order to negate the effects of fitting, vomiting, delirium tremens etc… until the client is alcohol-free. The treatment is clinically proven to be the safest way to remove alcohol from the body. You will receive 24/7 medical care and support throughout and the detox will take between 7 to 14 days.

Benefits Of Private Alcohol Detox

There are several benefits to detoxing in a private alcohol rehab centre which cannot be achieved via home detox. The most important is that you are safe and away from danger, allowing you to focus on your recovery in comfortable surroundings. See below for a guide to key benefits:

  1. Be in a safe and nurturing environment
  2. Medical team with 24/7 care & support
  3. Experienced team of doctors & therapists
  4. Look, feel, sleep better & regain confidence
  5. 1 year complimentary aftercare support
  6. Personalised rehabilitation programme (post detox)
  7. Overcome the root causes of addiction (post detox)
  8. Learn techniques for relapse prevention (post detox)

If you are suffering from alcoholism, then it is strongly advised that you detox in a residential rehab facility where you will be surrounded by medical professionals including doctors, nurses and therapists.

Get Help Today!

If you or a loved one are suffering from alcohol abuse or full blown addiction and want to discuss the detox options available, then we can help. Primrose Lodge is a fully residential onsite detoxification and rehab clinic, catering for all levels of alcohol and drug addiction. We personalise client treatment programmes and guarantee that we can get you clean and give you the tools to make lifelong sobriety a reality. With immediate admission and 1 year free aftercare support sessions we go above and beyond to make sure you get well and stay sober.

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