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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]; Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Aditya Govindavarjhulla, M.B.B.S. [2]

Natural History, Complications and Prognosis

How well a person does depends on the amount of organ damage and whether the person can stop drinking completely. Alcohol withdrawal may range from a mild and uncomfortable disorder to a serious, life-threatening condition. People who continue to drink a lot may develop health problems such as liver and heart disease. Most people who go through alcohol withdrawal make a full recovery. However, death is possible, especially if delirium tremens occurs.

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