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What are the withdrawal symptoms of alcohol?

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Posted on Fri, 6 May 2016
Question: Hi,
I don't drink alcohol often, maybe once or twice a month. But in the last year every time I have even one drink I later end up feeling like I'm going through some kind of withdrawal. I'll get really cold, and start shivering and shaking and not feeling great. I have never been a heavy drinker, and still don't drink much, so I am confused why this is happening when it didn't used to. Why might this be happening and is there anything I can do to help it a part from never drinking alcohol again?
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Answered by Dr. Albana Sejdini (38 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Drops in blood sugar levels as following

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

I have gone through your medical history carefully and understood your concern.

Drinking alcohol is often associated with low blood sugar levels especially if you drink with an empty stomach.

The symptoms you experienced (feeling cold, shivering, shaking) are due to reduction in blood sugar level. You can measure your bsl:
- fasting
- after eating
- after drinking alcohol or when these symptoms will start

At that moment, I advise to have something to eat.
Never drink alcohol on an empty stomach.

All the best!
Dr.Albana
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Brief Answer: Drops in blood sugar levels as following Detailed Answer: Hi, I have gone through your medical history carefully and understood your concern. Drinking alcohol is often associated with low blood sugar levels especially if you drink with an empty stomach. The symptoms you experienced (feeling cold, shivering, shaking) are due to reduction in blood sugar level. You can measure your bsl: - fasting - after eating - after drinking alcohol or when these symptoms will start At that moment, I advise to have something to eat. Never drink alcohol on an empty stomach. All the best! Dr.Albana