What happens when you stop drinking alcohol for a week?

Your first week without alcohol is generally considered the worst part of recovery. You will likely get sick due to alcohol withdrawal symptoms, with the following being most common:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Chills or hot flashes
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Seizures

Because this is such a vulnerable time, and your risk of relapse is high, most people enroll in an alcohol detox program at this stage of recovery. This will keep you safe and sober and empower you to have a constructive, successful recovery.

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