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COVID 19 NEWS: With liquor stores closed, could we see an increase in alcohol withdrawal?

With the recent closure of Pa. liquor stores, due to the COVID-19 breakout, drug and alcohol professionals worry this may trigger another wave of patients: those with alcohol dependency. Alcohol withdrawal can range from minor to severe cases being life-threatening. Knowing the signs and symptoms can help recognize when it’s time to get help.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports, “People who can’t afford to buy enough wine or beer to satisfy their needs and rely on hard liquor may face alcohol withdrawal, said Bill Stauffer, the executive director of the Pennsylvania Recovery Organization Alliance, a nonprofit that advocates for people in addiction and recovery.”

Read the full article here.

Signs and symptoms of withdrawal after alcohol use stops:

  • Feeling sick to the stomach or vomiting and/or dry heaving.
  • Having uncontrollable shaking or tremors.
  • Having seizures (includes those with seizure disorder and on medication)
  • Having unusual, unexplained sweating.
  • Seeing things that are not really there.
  • Hearing things that are not really there.

If you believe that you or someone you know needs help, immediately call one of the treatment providers listed below:

Reading/Tower Health Drug and Alcohol Center: 484-628-8186
PA Adult and Teen Challenge: 844-888-8085
Conewago/Firetree: 888-347-3873
White Deer Run – New Perspectives: 866-769-6822

If you are experiencing a true medical emergency, call 911 or seek help from the closest emergency room.

 

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