Table 1

Alcohol withdrawal symptoms and their timelines

Timeline from last drinkAlcohol withdrawal symptoms
Onset: 6–8 hoursGeneralised hyperactivity, tremor, sweating, nausea, retching, mood fluctuation, tachycardia, increased respirations, hypertension, and mild pyrexia
Peak: 10–30 hours
Subsides: 40–50 hours
Onset: 0–48 hoursWithdrawal seizures
Onset: 12 hoursAuditory and visual hallucinations may develop that are characteristically frightening
Duration: 5–6 days
Onset: 48–72 hoursDelerium tremens: coarse tremor, agitation, fever, tachycardia, profound confusion, delusions, and hallucinations