Dry January started for many Britons today, but their New Year’s Eve hangovers are likely to get it off to a successful start.
However, cutting out alcohol could cause another unlikely challenge.
When you stop consuming alcohol it can cause a number of worrying signs, particularly if you currently drink a lot.
According to Drinkaware, stopping suddenly if you are very dependent on alcohol can be dangerous.
Dependance – or alcoholism – is a strong desire to drink, and is where people can feel unable to cope without alcohol.
Alcohol withdrawal includes both physical and psychological symptoms. These are the ten you might experience, according to Drinkaware.
– hand tremors
– visual hallucinations
– seizures in the most serious cases
If you or someone else is experiencing vomiting, severe shaking or hallucinations you should seek medical advice.
Alcohol withdrawal symptoms are a sign you are drinking too much, but you will require medical supervision to reduce the risk the withdrawal symptoms to prevent a potentially-deadly fit.
According to Drinkaware it can take up to a year to fully recover from withdrawal symptoms.
The first 48 hours of no alcohol is likely to feel the worst, but most people usually feel better within three to seven days.
Keeping yourself hydrated with non-alcoholic drinks and eating regularly can help. However, you should avoid caffeine.
Your GP may also prescribe you with medication to help the symptoms.
It is important to eventually stop drinking since alcohol is linked to seven different types of cancer.
Going teetotal in the long term can also help you lose weight, sleep better and have more energy.
If you are worried you may be drinking too much, or are concerned about alcohol withdrawal symptoms, visit drinkaware.co.uk.