Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Alcohol Abstinence Syndrome Outlook

What to expect with alcohol withdrawal:

  • Most people with alcohol withdrawal have mild symptoms.
  • About 50 percent of those with alcohol withdrawal require treatment.
  • Delirium tremens, or severe alcohol withdrawal, occurs in 5 percent of those who have symptoms of alcohol withdrawal.
  • About 10 percent of people with delirium tremens die from the illness.

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Last Updated: Feb 22, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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