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“You acknowledge that alcohol dependence (see definition below) is a condition where abrupt withdrawal from alcohol can have serious physical and psychological side effects. Our site is NOT suitable for any person who suffers from alcohol dependency or other related medical conditions. If you are, or suspect you may be, alcohol dependent or have a related medical condition you MUST seek professional medical advice and support before reducing or stopping your alcohol intake or participating in a challenge. If at any time while participating in a challenge or using our services you become concerned you may be experiencing alcohol withdrawal symptoms (see definition and symptom list below), or have symptoms you are unsure of, then you MUST seek professional medical advice and support without delay. If you have severe alcohol withdrawal symptoms, you must contact your local emergency service as a matter of urgency to receive the appropriate medical care.”

 

Alcohol dependence definition:

“Alcohol dependence is a cluster of behavioural, cognitive, and physiological phenomena that may develop after repeated alcohol use. Typically, these phenomena include a strong desire to consume alcohol, impaired control over its use, persistent drinking despite harmful consequences, a higher priority given to drinking than to other activities and obligations, increased alcohol tolerance, and a physical withdrawal reaction when alcohol use is discontinued.”

 

Acute alcohol withdrawal definition:

“The physical and psychological symptoms that people can experience when they suddenly reduce the amount of alcohol they drink if they have previously been drinking excessively for prolonged periods of time.”  Alcohol withdrawal symptoms can include: nausea and vomiting, hand tremors, profuse sweating, severe headaches, agitation, confusion, panic attacks, feeling disorientated, severe hyperactivity, faints, fever, tactile disturbance – itching, pins and needles sensations, burning, numbness, or a feeling of something crawling on your skin, auditory/visual disturbance – increased awareness of sounds or light intensity, feeling scared or disturbed by sounds, hallucinations, seizures

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