Why Does Alcohol Withdrawal Kill You? (Transcript)
I’m Kevin O’Hara for Alcohol Mastery and today I want to ask the question:
“Why does alcohol withdrawal kill you?”
Really, the answer is: it doesn’t kill you!
Google “Death From Alcohol Withdrawal” Results
I challenge anybody who thinks that alcohol withdrawal kills them to go on the internet and type in “death from alcohol withdrawal”. Just type that into Google or Bing or Yahoo! – whichever one you’re using. You will find it very, very difficult to come up with any webpage…You will come up with stuff like Amy Winehouse – lots of stories about her. I don’t think she died of alcohol withdrawal. She was taking a concoction of different drugs, I think. But you won’t find anything for the amount of deaths that are caused from alcohol withdrawal.
Google “Death By Alcohol” Results
Now take out the “withdrawal” and just type in “why does alcohol kill you” or “deaths from alcohol”, and you will come up with tens of thousands of attributed deaths every single year. In America, in Europe, all around the world. Now I’m not a doctor, so I can’t give medical statistics to back up what I’m saying. But anybody who can type can go into Google and see what I’m saying is true. There are enough statistics to fill up the Encyclopedia Britannica.
Death By Alcohol is Difficult
Am I saying that nobody has ever died from alcohol withdrawal? No, I can’t say that. But I also know that people have gone to sleep and died in their sleep for no apparent reason. Young people who’ve just gone to sleep and drop dead. I also know that when somebody is a pure alcoholic, when their whole life revolves around alcohol and they get up in the morning and the first thing they do is reach for a drink. And their whole existence is about drinking…When they die, the doctor or whoever is going to sign the death certificate is going to assume that it’s caused by alcohol.
Where Lies The Truth?
Now nobody can tell me that a person who spends their whole life drinking and the only reason they get up in the morning and they’re still breathing is to drink has been a paragon of virtue in every other aspect of their lives. They’ve watched the nutrition and they’ve made sure that they get a good night’s sleep and exercise – they haven’t done any of that. So they’ve driven their body into the ground in more ways than one. The alcohol is going to be a massive factor that’s probably caused everything else. It’s probably caused them not to look after themselves. But, was it the withdrawal that killed them? Or was it the fact that they had complete vitamin and mineral deficiencies? I know it’s going to be put on the death certificate, that’s for sure.
Drinking Alcohol vs Withdrawing from Alcohol
So if you really, seriously think that there’s a danger of you dropping dead from alcohol withdrawal, then go visit your doctor. But in my honest, non-medical opinion, you have much, much, much, much, much more chance dying from alcohol than alcohol withdrawal. I hope that answers your question. If you have any other questions, just leave a comment down below or go to the website.
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