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Coping with Cravings
If you have been chemically dependent on alcohol, you may experience some withdrawal symptoms when you stop drinking. These may include being nervous, edgy, or tense. For example, you may be shaky, sweaty, have trouble sleeping, experience vomiting, or diarrhea. These symptoms usually pass in the first week and the first 48 hours are the worst.
However, if you experience symptoms such as insomnia, hallucinations, nightmares, hyperactivity, heart palpitations (irregular beating), or seizures, please seek medical help immediately by calling your doctor/nurse or 911. Depending on your level of drinking, alcohol withdrawal can be very serious and potentially dangerous.
Combating Withdrawal Symptoms
If you do experience negative withdrawal symptoms you may wish to try some of the following methods to deal with them:
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