Symptoms associated with alcohol withdrawal range from mild to severe, and generally begin between 6 and 72 hours after the last drink.
Mild symptoms tend to begin within six to eight hours of discontinued alcohol use:
Moderate symptoms usually begin 12 to 48 hours after the last drink:
Severe symptoms can be life-threatening and begin 48 to 72 hours after the last drink:
Medical detoxification is necessary for severe withdrawal symptoms. Anyone experiencing the first signs of alcohol withdrawal needs to seek medical help immediately in order to prevent the deadly effects.