I will describe the mild, moderate, and severe alcohol withdrawal timelines.
I will then address the following topics: It’s important to note that, because we are all biochemically different, not everyone has the same symptoms or alcohol withdrawal timelines.
Quitting alcohol can produce symptoms only a few hours after the last drink.
This is going to be the article I once searched for when I wanted to know how long the alcohol withdrawal timeline was supposed to last, and what steps I could take to begin the process of body repair after quitting drinking.
I would alternate between my bed and my couch, trying to distract myself from the shakes, nausea, and cold sweats. I read some articles that said the alcohol withdrawal timeline only lasted for three days, and others that told me that my symptoms would last for months.
The alcoholic brain decreases its long-term GABA production because it has learned to rely on alcohol for the same effect.
To make matters worse, alcohol suppresses glutamate, which is an “excitatory” neurotransmitter.
In the following sections I will clarify and expand upon this timeline.
Mild alcohol withdrawal symptoms feel like exaggerated (and extended) hangover symptoms.
Glutamate has the opposite effect as GABA, making our brains hyperactive and our experience of the world hypersensitive.
When an alcoholic stops drinking suddenly, two important things happen: Many of the symptoms above are caused by a lack of GABA and an excess of glutamate.
A person with moderate alcohol withdrawal symptoms who continues to drink will increase the likelihood of experiencing severe alcohol withdrawal symptoms in the future.