Alcohol withdrawal symptoms can occur within one day of ceasing alcohol use in those who have developed an alcohol addiction.
Mild alcohol withdrawal symptoms appear as loss of sleep, agitation, raised levels of anxiety and panic attacks. Stronger alcohol withdrawal symptoms are reflected as sweating and tremors. Even stronger alcohol withdrawal symptoms are vomiting and severe diarrhea. The most strenuous alcohol withdrawal symptoms are known as delirium tremors. They are distinguished from the other symptoms by the presence of confusion, disorientation and visual hallucinations. Alcohol withdrawal may be further complicated by the existence of alcohol withdrawal seizures characterized essentially as epileptic fits.
Alcohol withdrawal symptoms happen because the addict’s brain has become completely tolerant to alcohol. Because the brain has developed this tolerance any cessation of alcohol consumption causes the brain to become very overactive. This over-activity can cause effects such as epileptic seizures and damage to memory, in addition to bodily alcohol withdrawal symptoms. The brain’s over-activity cause higher amounts of adrenaline to be released into the body, causing sweating and shaking, which are normative alcohol withdrawal symptoms.