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I need help to stop drinking. Trying to go cold turkey but

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I need help to stop drinking. Trying to go cold turkey but finding it difficult
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 3 years ago.
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What information would be helpful to you in this situation?

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 3 years ago.
I had asked for clarification of what information would be helpful and have not heard back, so will give some general information, and if more specific information would be helpful, please let me know.

The management of someone having difficulty getting off alcohol is dependent upon the specific situation. Someone with more severe acute withdrawal will typically need to be managed in a hospital setting. Someone with less severe withdrawal symptoms may be able to be managed at home.

If the difficulty in staying off alcohol has more to do with craving the alcohol, rather than acute withdrawal symptoms, there are a couple medicines that can be used, but the most common initial management is with a social support system, such as AA.

If your situation is such that you need medicine for withdrawal symptoms or to help with cravings, then it would be appropriate for you to see your doctor, or if having significant withdrawal symptoms, it would be better to be seen in A&E. Contacting and participating in AA is an intervention that you can do without having to first see your doctor.

If I can provide any further information, please let me know.

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