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Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms

Alcohol addiction is sometimes not as easy to spot as drug addiction. This can be for a number of reasons, but it is just as harmful, and it can cause significant damage in the long run when left untreated. Addiction can cause mental and physical ill health, rifts in your relationships, strain your finances, and leave you feeling isolated. 

Deciding to stop drinking is a big step, but alcohol withdrawal symptoms are a real risk. You should always consult an addiction treatment professional and/or your GP, if you drink addictively and you want to stop. Withdrawal symptoms can be mild through to severe or even life-threatening. As such, we recommend you get support. Whether you are thinking of yourself or a loved one, knowing the withdrawal symptoms to look out for can help you to understand what is happening. 

Withdrawal looks different for  everyone, as there are many variables that affect the duration and severity of your withdrawal process. Everything from how much you drink, what types of alcohol, how well nourished you are, your body mass index, co-existing conditions and more, can affect your symptoms. There are some symptoms which are more common or easier to spot. Whether it is yourself or a loved one going through this, looking out for these symptoms. Seeking the right kind of help can be life-changing and life-saving. 

Common alcohol withdrawal symptoms 


  • Nausea 
  • Headaches
  • Anxiety
  • Shaking 
  • Insomnia
  • Vomiting 
  • Hallucinations 
  • Sweating 
  • Delusions 
  • Racing heart
  • High blood pressure

Of course, not everyone experiences the same feelings and sensations, but those are some of the more common withdrawal symptoms when alcohol is taken away. These may either be seen in someone who is making a choice not to drink, or in someone suffering from alcoholism who is looking for their next drink. In both cases, we recommend that you get professional help with alcohol. 

Exploring the symptoms 

Some of these symptoms are more extreme than others, and this is by no means an exhaustive list. There is no set solution or routine to withdrawing from alcohol. It is, however, important to note that uncontrolled withdrawal from alcohol can be fatal, and we will move onto detoxing safely shortly. 

Some of the behavioural symptoms of withdrawal that we see are things like withdrawal from social situations and things like a change in attitude. While it is often difficult to tell whether withdrawal is the cause of these changes, it is something that is common in our clients. 

When withdrawing from alcohol, the body will react in different ways, which can look like mood swings and it can look like retreating away from society. If you notice a loved one, or indeed yourself, acting in this way, please reach out for help. 

At Help Me Stop, we are experienced in dealing with alcohol addiction and can offer treatment, support and resources to deal with this.

Handing withdrawal 

Handling withdrawal is difficult. There is no set way to handle it and no guarantee as to how it is going to affect an individual. Having professional help in place is the most important factor. We also recommend a support network around you, although we recognise that this is not always possible. Make sure you are supported in whatever way you can be, and if you are looking for community support, you can find some resources on that here. It is also worth exploring rehab options, so you can join a group of people in a similar situation, to share stories and advice, as well as being supported by professionals and individuals who have been where you are. Help Me Stop offers alcohol addiction rehab treatment in London and online, to help you achieve and sustain recovery.

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Alcohol addiction 

Alcohol addiction is sometimes hard to spot. What was once a drink or two after work can quickly spiral into an unmanageable and painful addiction. It can also be the gateway to drug addiction, and the two often coexist in our clients. 

We are committed to helping you spot the signs early, and to give you the help and support you need at an affordable price and in an accessible way. We offer alcohol addiction support and treatment at our two London rehab centres, a with our Online Rehab programme as well. 

Alcohol detox 

It is vital to note that detoxing from alcohol in an unsupervised and uncontrolled way can be fatal, or highly stressful both physically and mentally. It is important to seek the help of a medical professional, and if you are unsure where to turn, get in touch and we can make those connections for you. 

Alcohol addiction rehab and finding alcohol help near me

We offer rehab in London and online to help with alcohol addiction and to offer support and care for those moving towards recovery. Get in touch via email or call us on +44 (0) 208 191 9191, for a confidential conversation about how Help Me Stop can help you with your addiction and your recovery.

If you want to learn more about our alcohol addiction rehab in London, then you can explore the options here. We have created a programme that will help you gain the skills and tools you need to take your recovery into the real world following this programme. Our non-residential treatment means you can incorporate your recovery journey into your life, and keep work and family commitments alongside it. 

Get in touch for a confidential conversation and let us help you stop, and to find the answer to the question, ‘where to find alcohol help near me’?