Take a Vodka Withdrawal Symptoms Quiz

Are Your Vodka Withdrawal Symptoms Mild, Moderate, or Severe?

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What Causes Vodka Withdrawal Symptoms?

Like all alcohol, vodka has a significant impact on your body. When you drink heavily over a long period of time, your body adjusts, so that it takes more alcohol to have the same calming, relaxing effect. Your brain produces less of a neurotransmitter called GABA, and more of another neurotransmitter called glutamate. 

When you suddenly withdraw from alcohol use, your body continues to produce too much of one neurotransmitter and too little of another.

The result can be symptoms ranging from mild anxiety to severe seizures, hallucinations, and even death. Your particular reaction to alcohol withdrawal will depend upon a number of factors including:

  • Quantity of alcohol consumed over time (a pint a day versus a quart a week, for example)
  • Period of time during which you drank heavily (symptoms are likely to increase in severity based on the amount of time you drank)
  • Your particular physiology (age, weight, gender, and race can all have an impact on your symptoms)
  • Any physical or mental issues you may have in addition to your heavy drinking

What Kind of Symptoms Are Normal?

Symptoms related to alcohol withdrawal increase over the first few days, peaking at the second or third day. As time goes by, you may experience:

  • agitation
  • nervousness
  • fatigue
  • mood swings
  • headaches
  • insomnia
  • sweating
  • loss of appetite

More serious symptoms include fever, seizures, and delerium tremens (DT's).

The DT's are a severe reaction to alcohol withdrawal that may include disorientation, confusion, and hallucinations. Along with the DT's, you may be subject to high blood pressure, heart palpitations, and other symptoms that can be life threatening.

Because symptoms may start out mild and then become more severe, it is important to pay attention to any changes.

Even if you feel you can handle your symptoms in the first day or so, it is worth your while to reach out for help. Treatments are available to manage the more painful or severe symptoms.

Are Your Symptoms Mild, Moderate, or Severe?

If you are in the process of withdrawing from heavy vodka use, you will almost certainly have symptoms -- and concerns. Are your symptoms serious enough to require medical treatment? Answering these 20 questions will give you an idea if your alcohol withdrawal symptoms are mild, moderate or severe.

The test is completely confidential and anonymous; your results are not recorded; and are available only to you. You are not asked for any personally identifying information.

This quiz is not intended as a substitute for a professional medical evaluation. It should only be used as a guide to determining if your alcohol withdrawal symptoms are such that you should seek medical attention before you attempt to quit drinking.

When answering the questions, be honest with yourself, only you will see the results of your test.

If you have concerns about your symptoms once you have completed the test, contact your medical practitioner. While rare, alcohol withdrawal symptoms can be severe enough to cause death.


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