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When a person has been accustomed to drinking large amounts of alcohol, over a long period of time, they will be likely to have the “D.T.s” as the alcohol leaves their system. The “D.T.s” is short for Delerium Tremens, which occurs in at least 5% of people who go through the process of acute ethanol withdrawal. Occurring only in people who have a history of constant, long-term alcohol consumption, The D. T.s usually begin between 18 and 24 hours after stopping consumption of alcohol. Sometimes, the shakes might not appear for two or three days.
The symptoms of Delerium Tremens are:
• Severe, uncontrollable tremors of extremities
• Intense hallucinations
• Panic attacks
The D.T's can be contributed to by psychological factors, especially infection, malnourishment, and other underlying medical disorders. Many alcohol abusers have other mental disorders; often, these are related to the alcoholism.
When in doubt, the person affected should be under a medical professionals' care, because alcohol withdrawal can be fatal.