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What is alcohol dependence / delirium tremens?

A condition in which the patient depends on alcohol and experiences withdrawal symptoms if they don't have a drink. These symptoms can range from mild (e.g., irritation, sleeplessness) to severe (confusion, coma, seizures).

Symptoms of alcohol dependence / delirium tremens

  • Hand tremors, irritability, palpitations and insomnia that occur when stopping alcohol

  • Recent changes in mental state

  • I no longer function well at work or home because of drinking

  • Need a drink first thing in the morning (eye-opener) to steady my nerves

  • Fine tremor of the hands and fingers

  • Uncontrollable movements

  • Seizure

  • I always end up drinking more than I planned to

Questions your doctor may ask to check for alcohol dependence / delirium tremens

  • Do you experience hand shaking or irritation after quitting alcohol?

  • Recently, are you more confused than before?

  • Are you drinking more and neglecting family or job?

  • Do you often drink alcohol in the morning to cure a hangover?

  • Do your fingers tremble slightly?

Treatment for alcohol dependence / delirium tremens

Severe symptoms necessitate emergency medical care. Patients are hospitalized and given medications to manage withdrawal and prevent complications. Fluids and vitamins are administered through a needle in the vein to support the patient's wellbeing and protect the brain. In cases of seizures and severe mental confusion, the patient is cared for in the intensive care unit, typically with breathing support and seizure-stopping medications.

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Saqib Baig, MD, MS

Saqib Baig, MD, MS (Respiratory medicine, Critical Care, Internal medicine)

Dr. Baig graduated from Army Medical College (NUST) Pakistan in 2007. He did his internal medicine training from Baltimore, Maryland, USA during the years 2009-2013. He joined the internal medicine faculty practice at Medical College of Wisconsin in USA for 2 years before pursuing advanced training. He completed his pulmonary disease and critical care medicine fellowship from Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School from 2015-2018. | | During his fellowship, Dr. Baig completed his master's in health care services management through Rutgers Business School. He currently serves as the medical director of respiratory therapy and pulmonary function lab and the clinical director of the COPD program at the Jane and Leonard Korman Respiratory Institute at Thomas Jefferson University. He holds the Assistant Professor of Medicine rank at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Baig's interests lie in respiratory physiology, airways disease, and data science.

Yu Shirai, MD

Yu Shirai, MD (Psychiatry)

Dr. Shirai works at the Yotsuya Yui Clinic for mental health treatment for English and Portuguese-speaking patients. He treats a wide range of patients from neurodevelopmental disorders to dementia in children and participates in knowledge sharing through the Diversity Clinic.

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