Quitting alcohol can make your life better. It can also be dangerous without medical help. If you\u2019ve been abusing alcohol for a long time, quitting may throw your system into shock. You could experience dangerous alcohol withdrawal symptoms. These may include delirium tremens (DTs). Delirium tremens can put you at risk for a number of complications, including death. If you\u2019re trying to quit alcohol, be aware of these dangerous alcohol withdrawal symptoms: Delirium Tremens (DTs) Delirium tremens, more commonly known as \u201cthe DTs,\u201d can lead to: \tGrand mal seizures (withdrawal seizures) \tStroke \tHeart attacks Studies show 20% of people with delirium tremens die. Some people die of a head injury from falling during withdrawal delirium. They\u2019re disoriented from symptoms of delirium tremens. Others die from health complications that come with delirium tremens. With appropriate treatment, the death rate from delirium tremens drops to around 1%. Warning signs of delirium tremens include: \tShakiness \tConfusion \tRapid heart rate \tSweating or shivering \tRestlessness \tFever \tHallucinations \tVomiting Delirium tremens typically begins one to two days after people with alcohol dependence quit drinking. The science behind delirium tremens is complex. In a nutshell, delirium tremens is brought on by problems in the central nervous system. When you abuse alcohol for a long time it messes up the way your brain produces chemicals. Brain chemicals help regulate your physical and mental health. When you quit drinking, the brain quickly tries to rebalance itself without alcohol. It\u2019s dependent on alcohol to function. The brain goes into overdrive to get back to normal. It produces large amounts of chemicals. This can lead to delirium tremens. Seizures and Cardiac Issues Alcohol withdrawal symptoms that can lead to death include: \tConvulsions \tIrregular heartbeat \tSeizures Alcohol abuse weakens the heart over time. Low electrolyte levels from dehydration can cause cardiac stress when alcoholics quit drinking. You may be more vulnerable to deadly cardiac complications if you have alcohol dependency. This is because your heart and other organs are already working overtime because of alcohol abuse. Alcoholics often already struggle with heart conditions. These can put them at greater risk for withdrawal complications. Heart issues may include: \tWeak heart muscle \tHeart disease \tAbnormal heart rate \tHigh blood pressure \tStroke Alcohol Poisoning Binge-drinking college students aren\u2019t the only people dying from alcohol poisoning. An average of six Americans die every day from alcohol poisoning. Seventy-six percent of them are between the ages of 35 and 64, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Alcohol poisoning is the opposite of alcohol withdrawal. It\u2019s alcohol overdose. It\u2019s worth mentioning here because some of the same people who will have alcohol withdrawal may also drink to fatal excess. Alcohol poisoning occurs when large amounts of alcohol cause important parts of the brain to stop functioning. These may include parts that control body temperature, heart rate and breathing. Warning signs of alcohol poisoning include: \tVomiting \tDisorientation \tIrregular breathing \tDangerously low body temperature \tSeizures \tUnconsciousness Other Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms Alcohol withdrawal is not a pleasant experience. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms that aren\u2019t necessarily deadly, but are uncomfortable include: \tNausea \tIrritability \tAgitation \tAnxiety \tDepression and mood swings \tHeadache \tSweating \tTremors \tInsomnia \tHigh blood pressure While alcohol detox in an addiction treatment facility may not eliminate all alcohol withdrawal symptoms, it will make the process much more comfortable. Detox specialists help ease discomfort and attend to any medical issues. Who\u2019s at Increased Risk of Dying From Alcohol? Alcohol withdrawal symptoms like delirium tremens can be life-threatening. Some people are at greater risk of dying from alcohol withdrawal complications than others. Some risk factors that make alcohol withdrawal especially dangerous include: \tCo-occurring illnesses like pneumonia, hepatitis or pancreatitis \tChronic conditions like liver disease and cancer \tInjury or infection of the central nervous system \tBeing of advanced age \tPre-existing heart conditions Safely Detoxing From Alcohol Not everyone will experience life-threatening alcohol withdrawal symptoms. It\u2019s impossible to predict what alcohol withdrawal will be like for you. Data show about half of people with alcohol addiction have severe withdrawal symptoms like delirium tremens. You don\u2019t want to go through symptoms of delirium tremens on your own. It can be painful and fatal. Withdrawing from alcohol abuse is safest in the hands of medical professionals. Medical detox specialists know the types of medication and safe doses to ease your symptoms. Treatment center staff can help keep you safe and comfortable during alcohol withdrawal. Physicians can immediately provide critical care if you have symptoms of DTs like withdrawal seizures. After Alcohol Detox Alcohol detox is the first step. It\u2019s very unlikely it will keep you sober. Inpatient treatment and rehab helps you address the reasons behind alcohol addiction. Alcohol addiction treatment also helps you begin repairing the damaging effects of alcohol. You may take part in treatment options like: \tIndividual behavioral therapy \tGroup therapy \tFamily therapy \tPsychiatric appointments to manage medication if needed \tExercise \tMindfulness \tHealthy lifestyle education You\u2019ll also learn new coping skills in alcohol rehab. You can use these instead of substance abuse when you face stressors. This helps prevent relapse when you return to everyday life.