Alcoholism Symptoms

alcoholism withdrawal

Alcoholism symptoms can be considered in two parts: inebriation, which is relatively easy to diagnose, and the symptoms and behaviors which alcoholics present, even when not under the influence.

Given that alcohol consumption is socially acceptable, it would probably be quite difficult to find someone who couldn’t tell when an individual was inebriated or “drunk.” In addition to slurred speech, difficulty balancing and frequent breaks in the person’s train of thought or conversation, a person who is drunk will exhibit glassy, reddened eyes that will have difficulty focusing on, or following, an object.

The symptom that differentiates the alcohol drinker from the alcoholic is the inability to moderate one’s drinking. Alcoholics lack the capacity to stop, like those afflicted with any addiction. Alcoholics can become argumentative, confrontational or threatening when someone interferes with their drinking. They can be physically or emotionally abusive, irresponsible, and unable to hold a job. They come to view alcohol as the solution-rather than the cause-for their problems.

Alcoholism Withdrawal Symptoms:

According to the National Institutes of Health, withdrawal symptoms fall into three categories, separated by their severity, both physical and psychological:

Psychological symptoms – mild to moderate

  • Feeling jumpy, nervous or shaky
  • Feelings of anxiety
  • Irritability, easily excitable
  • Emotional volatility, rapid changes in emotions
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty thinking clearly
  • Bad dreams

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Physical symptoms – mild to moderate

  • Headache (generalized, pulsating)
  • Sweating (especially on the palms of the hands)
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Insomnia, sleeping difficulties
  • Pale complexion
  • Rapid heart rate (heart palpitations)
  • Clammy skin
  • Eyes (pupils different sizes, enlarged or dilated pupils)
  • Involuntary, abnormal movements (such as hand tremors)


Severe symptoms – physical and psychological

  • Generalized state of confusion
  • Hallucinations
  • Agitation
  • High fever
  • Convulsions
  • Black out episodes (individual cannot remember what happened while drinking)

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