Delirium tremens (also called DTs) is the name for the uncomfortable physical and mental changes that happen when a person who has a physical dependence on alcohol suddenly stops using alcohol (withdrawal). DTs happen only if a person has had long-term heavy use of alcohol.
Symptoms of alcohol withdrawal usually begin 4 to 12 hours after the person cuts down or stops drinking and can last for several days. Symptoms of DTs include:
Doctors treat delirium tremens with prescription medicines. In some cases, hospitalization is needed. If left untreated, delirium tremens can lead to death.
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