Delirium tremens is the most severe type of alcohol withdrawal. It manifests as altered mental status (global chaos) and sympathetic hyperactivity (autonomic hyperactivity), which can lead to cardiovascular collapse. The symptoms of minor alcohol withdrawal include tremors, anxiety, nausea, and vomiting. Visual and auditory hallucinations as well as diaphoresis and hypertension (higher blood pressure) are some of the major symptoms of alcohol withdrawal.
Signs and symptoms for delirium tremens
Delirium Tremens Prevention
Routine screening and intervention for high-risk alcohol abuse should be done in primary care and emergency departments. This will help to prevent dangerous alcohol use. It may also reduce alcohol intake and adverse consequences in those who aren’t alcohol dependent.
Although it is not a fatal condition, delirium tremens can be deadly. It is important to seek medical attention immediately if you experience withdrawal symptoms. This will help to prevent withdrawal from becoming severe. This condition can last for up to 8 days, but it is most common in the first 3-4 days. Delirium tremens can be a serious medical emergency. A physical exam will be performed by your health care provider. You may notice heavy sweating.