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what happens when you stop drinking alcohol suddenly?

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In the past thirty year, I am a heavy drinker.  I drink heavily for a long time. I decide to stop drinking to keep healthy. Is there any side effect when I stop drinking alcohol suddenly.
asked Jan 7 in Health by Brittney12

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The symptoms of alcohol withdrawal are caused by an acute over activity of the autonomic nervous system, the part of the nervous system that helps manage the body’s response to stress. When you drink excessive amounts of alcohol, the central nervous system (CNS) has self-adjusted to the constant presence of alcohol in the body. The CNS learns to compensates for alcohol’s depressive effects on both brain function and the communication among nerve cells by acting in a hyperactive state. This is why when you stop drinking alcohol, and blood-alcohol level suddenly lowers, the brain remains in a hyperactive, or hyper-excited, state, causing alcohol withdrawal.
answered Feb 6 by Lynn

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