Quitting drinking itself is not likely to kill you, but in some cases, alcohol withdrawal can be life-threatening. Alcohol withdrawal syndrome can occur when someone stops drinking after a period of heavy or prolonged alcohol use, particularly if they have a history of alcohol dependence.
Severe alcohol withdrawal can cause a variety of symptoms, including seizures, delirium tremens (DTs), and other serious complications. These symptoms can be life-threatening if left untreated, particularly in individuals who are already in poor health or have other medical conditions.
If you are considering quitting drinking or are experiencing symptoms of alcohol withdrawal, it is important to talk to your healthcare provider. They can help evaluate your symptoms and determine the best course of treatment to manage alcohol withdrawal safely and effectively. In some cases, medical supervision or hospitalization may be necessary to manage severe symptoms of alcohol withdrawal and prevent complications.