Why Do Alcoholics Shake?


The abuse of alcohol and alcoholism is a serious disease that plagues millions of people all over the globe. Since alcohol is a legal substance that can be bought over the counter provided that you are of age, alcoholism has become harder to treat as compared to all the other substance-related conditions like drug abuse and the like.

As we all know, alcohol abuse can have very adverse effects on the body. An excessive intake of it accumulated over time can cause serious and chronic conditions that can eventually impair your physical, mental and psychological health, your relationships with others and of course your career. Sadly, out of the 14 million Americans who suffer from alcoholism or rather abuse the substance, a fraction of those die untreated and undiagnosed even. So being a concerned citizen, you must be wary of the people around you.

A noticeable symptom of alcohol abuse is the involuntary shaking of the person’s body. Being one of the major telltale signs of chronic alcoholism or alcohol abuse, the alcoholic’s body shakes involuntarily as a form of reaction to the substance dependence that the body has developed over time. As alcohol intake increases, the body gradually develops a kind of immunity and physical dependence on the alcohol, as it will start seeking for the effects of the substance on a more regular basis and even more, at an increasing rate. In addition, the shaking could also be a withdrawal symptom if ever the body feels the compulsion to take in an alcoholic beverage.

In order to get a better hand on alcoholism, one must understand that symptom that is concurrent with the disease such as the physical shaking, the irritability, the withdrawals and in severe cases, even the seizures and spontaneous tremors.

Author: maureen

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  1. Rocky Lars

    September 1, 2010 8:22 am

    The tremors, even when they are minor, are a detox symptom. If the person continues to drink (to “calm their nerves”) the tremors will continue to get worse and worse. EVentually they will escalate into DT’s (delerium tremens) that can even lead to death.

    • chase

      September 4, 2011 4:31 pm

      Talk 2 me…the
      shakeing began 6 mths ago or so…..does not nec. Stop evan when drinking.
      The shakeing is noticibly calmed…been drinking for just 18 years but in last 3 years or so
      Been drinking about 12 or more beers a night…my thumbs shake violently
      I should quite…but is this Delerium T’s or something else?

      • lillian

        July 22, 2016 7:16 am

        Chase, yes you should quit, but as you know its not that easy, you are a alcoholic, and the only way is to spend time in a clinic, but I know this is not easy, it takes money, and there is t a lot of help out there,
        but you can do it , if you have someone to help that will be good, if not go through on your own , you can do it, I feel for all drinkers, its a drug , please try be nice if you can go bush, spend time getting better, when you feel better , stay away from drinkers, and love a different life , drink lots of water, very important water, even before you stop drinking now drink water when drinking alcolh


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