At Addiction Helper, we get many calls from individuals who want to know how to stop drinking alcohol. The answer isn’t as straight forwards as many may think, especially if you are suffering from alcoholism. Well-meaning family members and friends may offer to detox you at their home, by enforcing abstinence. I have even come across family members, desperate to help, who have locked their loved ones in a room to enforce a period of cold turkey, thinking that this will stop them from drinking alcohol. If the person is bodily dependant on alcohol, this is very dangerous, and should not be considered a means of getting sober.
Frequent, heavy and prolonged drinking of alcohol can all lead to bodily dependence. To stop drinking suddenly can cause the body to go in to shock and lead to alcoholic seizures. These seizures can cause death and can be avoided or controlled with appropriately prescribed medication.
Each year in the UK as many at up to 28,000 people die from alcohol related illnesses and consumption. Many people die in their own homes while trying to reduce or stop their own alcohol in-take without first seeking any medical advice or support.
Signs of alcohol dependency can appear in an individual within a matter of hours of stopping or reducing their alcohol intake. Symptoms to watch out for are Delirium tremors, alcoholic seizures, increased anxiety, increased suicidal thoughts, insomnia, rapid heart rate and increased blood pressure. Some symptoms may become apparent straight away, others can take up to 6 days of withdrawal to appear. At the very least these symptoms are uncomfortable and distressing to the sufferer. At worse, they can lead to death.
So if you are alcohol dependant, you may be asking the question, how do I stop drinking alcohol safely? The question of how to stop drinking alcohol should be answered by someone in the medical or addiction profession. Either your local GP, alcohol services, or by booking in to a rehabilitation clinic for a medically supervised alcohol detox.
It is completely possible to stop drinking alcohol under medical supervision to firstly ensure your physical and mental safety and well-being. Another method is to gradually reduce your alcohol intake until you stop, but if you are alcoholic, the likelihood is that you will have been trying this method for some time with little or no success.
If you are unable to control your alcohol consumption and have arrived at a point where stopping alcohol addiction completely is the only way forward, please call our helpline or seek medical advice before attempting to stop altogether. Alcohol help is available, seek help before it’s too late.