Quitting alcohol suddenly and without medical supervision can lead to a potentially life-threatening condition called delirium tremens (DTs). DTs are a severe form of alcohol withdrawal that can occur in people who have been drinking heavily for a long period of time and who suddenly stop drinking.
DTs can cause severe physical and psychological symptoms, including hallucinations, fever, seizures, and confusion. Without medical treatment, DTs can lead to cardiovascular collapse, respiratory failure, and death.
It’s important to note that DTs are a rare complication of alcohol withdrawal and typically only occur in people with a history of heavy alcohol use. However, it’s always important to seek medical supervision and support when quitting alcohol to manage withdrawal symptoms safely and effectively.
If you’re considering quitting alcohol or have recently stopped drinking and are experiencing withdrawal symptoms, it’s important to seek medical advice and support. Your healthcare provider can help you develop a plan to manage withdrawal symptoms safely and effectively. In some cases, medication or professional medical care may be necessary to manage more severe symptoms.