No withdrawal?

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-23-2013
No withdrawal?
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Thu, 05-23-2013 - 4:53pm

Question for anyone who has stopped drinking cold turkey.  I was drinking about a bottle of wine a night.  Sometimes a bit more on the weekends.  I finally decieded to quite and have not had a drink for just about a month.  I've had no withdrawal symptoms at all.  The only benefit so far has been sleeping better through the night.  My red bloods cells were enlarged, so I know I was drinking too much to cause changes in my body, but when I quite, absolutely nothing negative happened.  Is it this way for most people?  I don't even have a craving for it.  Kind of weird.  I would appreciate any and all feed back on this.  Thanks! Wink

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-08-2002
Tue, 07-09-2013 - 3:52pm

You posed a very good question.  I have seen folks think that just because they got sober without physical symptoms, then they didnt have a problem.  I thought the same thing after drinking for about 20 years.  I got sober and since there was not a symptom, then I was not a drunk.  So I drank.  But 13 years later, when life got too horrible to want to live it, I found I could not stop.  After going 14 hours without putting alcohol in my body, I was admitted to a hospital on my way to a stroke or heart attack...this is from the medical personnel that detoxed me from alcohol.  So....it could be that a problem drinker or alcoholic can quit without withdrawals at some point, If the drinking is continued...then the body will rebel and insist that alcohol is needed to survive.  DT's are not fun...we dont have to get to that point, but we can...and a lot of us do. 

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Community Leader
Registered: 09-14-1997
Fri, 06-07-2013 - 3:52pm

Glad you quit. I don't know if withdrawal is different for everyone. I think it is how much you drink.

How are you doing?

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-23-2013
Sat, 06-01-2013 - 11:53am
Yep. Just told myself it's time to stop. Was really easy actually. I'm guessing developing a physical dependence is different for everyone? My sleep has never been better. I still wake up in the night to go to the bathroom at times. But I'm no longer up for a few hours in the middle of the night.

Community Leader
Registered: 09-14-1997
Sat, 06-01-2013 - 9:01am

Hi, I would just consider myself fortunate. It is possible that your body had not yet built up a physical dependence. I had the shakes for while and couldnt sleep well for about a year. 

I am glad you stopped, since your health was compromised. Did you just stop with no help?