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Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms and DSM-IV Diagnosis

Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms and Diagnosis Overview:

Alcohol withdrawal symptoms and diagnostic criteria follow below. While some of these alcohol withdrawal symptoms may be recognized by family, teachers, legal and medical professionals,  and others, only  properly trained mental health professionals (psychologists, psychiatrists, professional counselors etc.) can or should even attempt to make a mental health diagnosis. Many additional factors are considered in addition to the alcohol withdrawal symptoms in making proper diagnosis, including frequently medical and psychological testing considerations. This information on alcohol abuse symptoms and diagnostic criteria are for information purposes only and should never replace the judgment and comprehensive assessment of a trained mental health clinician. 


Diagnostic criteria for 291.81 Alcohol Withdrawal 

A.      Cessation of (or reduction in) alcohol use that has been heavy and prolonged.


B.      Two (or more) of the following, developing within several hours to a few days after Criterion A: 

(1)          autonomic hyperactivity (e.g., sweating or pulse rate  greater than 100)

(2)          increased hand tremor

(3)          insomnia

(4)          nausea or vomiting

(5)          transient visual, tactile, or auditory hallucinations or illusions

(6)          psychomotor agitation

(7)          anxiety

                  (8)     grand mal seizures     

C.             The symptoms in Criterion B cause clinically significant distress or impairment in social, or occupational areas of functioning.

D.     The symptoms are not due to a general medical condition and are not better accounted for by another mental disorder.


Specify if: With Perceptual Disturbances

Information from Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM-IV

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