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“Silent Struggles Unveiled”: Uncovering the Dark Consequences of Alcohol Abstinence - A Rare Case Report
  • Puneet Setia,
  • Deepu Mathew,
  • Daideepya Chandra Bhargava
Puneet Setia
All India Institute of Medical Sciences - Jodhpur

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Deepu Mathew
All India Institute of Medical Sciences - Jodhpur
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Daideepya Chandra Bhargava
All India Institute of Medical Sciences - Jodhpur
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Abstract

Introduction Alcohol withdrawal syndrome (AWS) is a serious illness that can occur when a person who is an alcoholic abruptly stops drinking. The symptoms can range from mild to severe and include physical symptoms such as tremors, anxiety, nausea, vomiting, headache, sweating, rapid heart rate, high blood pressure, and insomnia; psychological symptoms such as depression, irritability, restlessness, and concentration difficulties; and behavioural symptoms such as social withdrawal and aggression. In certain cases, symptoms may be mild and resolve on their own within a few days. The majority of previous research on alcohol withdrawal has focused on physical symptoms, such as tremors, perspiration, and anxiety. Case summary This is a one-of-a-kind case of a long-term alcoholic who voluntarily quit drinking. As a consequence of alcohol withdrawal, he developed AWS symptoms. Tragically, despite the struggles he faced, he did not seek appropriate medical care, ultimately leading to his decision to take his own life. Conclusion Suicide in AWS is a preventable complication if we provide adequate treatment for AWS and underlying alcoholism. This case report emphasizes the importance of recognizing and managing AWS under supervision either institutional or in home and the possible association with suicide risk in alcoholics if not managed expeditiously.