– how does it work that withdrawals from alcohol can and will kill you, but other drug and substance withdraws won’t? What’s so different about alcohol?

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– how does it work that withdrawals from alcohol can and will kill you, but other drug and substance withdraws won’t? What’s so different about alcohol?

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Basically, alcohol & Benzo withdrawal ( Xanax ,Valium, etc) can cause seizures, while other drugs like opiates, amphetamines and weed do not. You can die from the seizures

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Alcohol acts as a depressant. It dulls certain brain functions, which isn’t an issue for people without drinking problems since they give themselves enough time for the brain to recover, but for alcoholics who drink too frequently their brain adjusts over time to deal with this, and as a result the brain is overcompensating.

If you suddenly remove the alcohol from the equation you end up with a brain that’s firing on all cylinders without any depressant to slow it down, which can cause a person to have a seizure. That’s why it’s important to gradually wean someone off alcohol, so the brain can readjust itself in a non-lethal manner.

Anonymous 0 Comments

Basically, alcohol & Benzo withdrawal ( Xanax ,Valium, etc) can cause seizures, while other drugs like opiates, amphetamines and weed do not. You can die from the seizures

Anonymous 0 Comments

Alcohol acts as a depressant. It dulls certain brain functions, which isn’t an issue for people without drinking problems since they give themselves enough time for the brain to recover, but for alcoholics who drink too frequently their brain adjusts over time to deal with this, and as a result the brain is overcompensating.

If you suddenly remove the alcohol from the equation you end up with a brain that’s firing on all cylinders without any depressant to slow it down, which can cause a person to have a seizure. That’s why it’s important to gradually wean someone off alcohol, so the brain can readjust itself in a non-lethal manner.

Anonymous 0 Comments

Alcohol’s primary effect is on GABA, which functions sort of as the brakes for your brain. Overexposure to it causes your brain to downregulate the number of available GABA receptors in order to maintain balance, and once the alcohol is out of your system, it’s like your brain’s gas pedal is stuck. Neurons can burn themselves out through over-activation and the dysregulation of brain activity by the lack of GABA transmission can cause seizures.

The car analogy is the best one I’ve thought of so far. It’s like driving around with enormous break pads and a sensitive pedal; they make you brake more effectively for a little bit and then your muscle memory gets used to it. If the braking mechanisms are returned to normal without you knowing, you’ll probably end up rear-ending the next person you try to stop behind.

Anonymous 0 Comments

Alcohol’s primary effect is on GABA, which functions sort of as the brakes for your brain. Overexposure to it causes your brain to downregulate the number of available GABA receptors in order to maintain balance, and once the alcohol is out of your system, it’s like your brain’s gas pedal is stuck. Neurons can burn themselves out through over-activation and the dysregulation of brain activity by the lack of GABA transmission can cause seizures.

The car analogy is the best one I’ve thought of so far. It’s like driving around with enormous break pads and a sensitive pedal; they make you brake more effectively for a little bit and then your muscle memory gets used to it. If the braking mechanisms are returned to normal without you knowing, you’ll probably end up rear-ending the next person you try to stop behind.