Influence of alcohol on psyche and anxiety

Delirium tremens as a consequence of alcohol withdrawal

Liver and nerve damage, depression or anxiety disorders - the consumption of alcohol can have serious effects on physical and mental well-being. Once addicted to alcohol, withdrawal from it is often not an easy task; in the worst case, one has to fight delirium tremens. You can find out what this is all about in this article.

For many people, alcohol has a positive effect at the beginning: it lifts the mood, you feel carefree and all problems suddenly seem far away. But appearances are deceptive, after the high it can quickly go downhill. Alcohol is a neurotoxin and brings with it not only serious organic but also psychological consequences. From liver and nerve damage to memory lapses, depression and anxiety - the list of side effects is long.11

When alcoholics suddenly stop drinking, it is not uncommon for delirium tremens, also known as alcoholic delirium, to occur as a result. Here, body and psyche are acutely disturbed: the affected person hallucinates - they literally see "white mice" - they are confused, tremble, sweat and get palpitations or anxiety.2 2 

Even small amounts of alcohol pose physical and mental dangers; there is no such thing as a harmless dose. With appropriate consumption, one should always be aware of this and keep the harmful effects in mind.

Germany has had very high alcohol consumption for many years by international standards. The consumption of pure alcohol per capita aged 15 and over was 10.7 liters in 2018.33