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A guide to coming off alcohol - copied from a leaflet from Alcohol and Drug Service ( 10.1.1.L3 )
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PDF

LOCAL INFORMATION

10.1.1.L3
A guide to coming off alcohol - copy of leaflet from the Alcohol and Drug Service

Extent: Jersey
June 1996
Updated 11 November 2013
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Introduction

Alcohol is a drug. When alcohol is used more than the recommended limits set by the Health Education Board problems can develop. However, problems can also develop if someone gives up alcohol after drinking very heavily for a period of time. It is therefore important that you follow some practical guidelines in order to prevent and minimise the problems that can present on withdrawing from alcohol.

The following advice should cover most of the questions you may have on withdrawing from alcohol which is otherwise known as detoxification. Should you have any questions which cannot be answered by reading this leaflet, it is important that you ask your counsellor or your doctor.

Here is a list of both common and uncommon symptoms.

Common symptoms

Headache, tremor, sweating, palpitations, vertigo, vomiting, nausea, loss of appetite, stomach cramp/pain, sleep disturbances and difficulty in getting to sleep, anxiety and restlessness, feelings of depression for a short while and irritability.

Uncommon symptoms

Nightmares / vivid dreams, hallucinations and withdrawal fits.

To try and ensure that the uncommon symptoms are kept at bay and to help minimise the common symptoms, the following guidelines should be followed.

  • Make sure that you contact a counsellor or doctor who will arrange the appropriate medication to help you detox safely. You should never give up alcohol without medication unless you have been assessed by a counsellor and it is felt you do not require medication to help you withdraw.
  • If medication is prescribed it is essential to take it as directed by your counsellor / doctor. The medication should prevent any nasty withdrawals such as DT's (delirium tremors) from happening. It is usually given for a period of 5 - 7 days.
  • Strong vitamins, usually vitamin B and C are often prescribed. It is just as important to take these in order to minimise the risk of permanent memory impairment / damage.
  • Alcohol dehydrates the body, therefore drink lots of non-alcoholic fluids and preferably fluids which will not upset a delicate stomach. We recommend 4 - 6 pints of fluid other than tea and coffee.
  • If you can't eat for a day or two, don't worry this is normal. When you do feel like eating we recommend a light, simple diet such as scrambled egg on toast or soup with bread which will be easy on getting your digestive system going again.