What Is The Worst Day Of Alcohol Detox?

Robert Gerchalk

Robert is our health care professional reviewer of this website. He worked for many years in mental health and substance abuse facilities in Florida, as well as in home health (medical and psychiatric), and took care of people with medical and addictions problems at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. He has a nursing and business/technology degrees from The Johns Hopkins University.

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What Is The Worst Day Of Alcohol Detox?

The first day of alcohol detox can be the toughest, as it brings a series of uncomfortable symptoms, like anxiety, trembling, excessive sweating, and nausea. However, it’s important to keep in mind that it’s a temporary process and each day will gradually get better. For those grappling with alcohol addiction, there is help available through detox and treatment programs that can guide you toward recovery and a better life.

Alcohol detox symptoms may manifest just a few hours after one’s last drink and may reach their peak within 24 to 48 hours. Though the initial days can be challenging, it is crucial to remember that it’s just a temporary phase. If you’re finding it difficult to go through detox, seek professional help from a detox center. Attempting to quit drinking on your own can pose serious risks and even be life-threatening, making it essential to seek expert assistance.

The symptoms of alcohol withdrawal can last for weeks, with the first few days proving to be the most difficult. If you’re going through an alcohol detox, here’s what you can expect.

The Worst Day Of Alcohol Detox

The height of alcohol detox is usually experienced on the second or third day when withdrawal symptoms are at their strongest. These symptoms may include feelings of

  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Sadness
  • Exhaustion
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Upset stomach
  • Vomiting
  • Rapid heartbeat.

During alcohol detox, it is vital to receive care from a provider to ensure proper monitoring of symptoms and overall safety.