Please note: You are unique and this is only a guide!

This guide will be about right for most people, but not everyone. Some people may be able to stop alcohol easily, others have really bad problems. Some get all the side effects in the book, others none at all. What happens to you will depend on your unique brain, you and your genes. However, this guide should help you to start to be able to choose between the many medicines. You will then need more help e.g. talking therapies, relaxation, and self-help.

No guide can be 100% unbiased, but we have tried to stick to the facts about medicines. We hope you take this guide in the way in which it is intended i.e. an honest attempt to inform, educate and help.

What the sections in the table mean: Medicine – these are the main medicines to help treat the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal, and a few others that are sometimes used.

  • These medicines are in two groups; the first to help stop fits or seizures and the second are vitamins needed to help correct the damage caused
  • We have listed them as their “generic name” (the name of the actual medicine). We have also mentioned the trade name where possible
  • Not all these medicines work as well as each other. Your clinician may be able to help you choose which one (or ones) might be best for you.
  • Some of these medicines might not be used in your area

Usual dose per day – this will depend on how well you do and what side effects you get. Some people need higher, some need lower doses. It is usually best to start a medicine slowly; it’s kinder to your brain.

Please see the attached document for more information

The information we share is to help inform you, If you have any questions or concerns please discuss them with your nurse, doctor, other members of your care team or an advocate