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Delirium tremens (also called DTs) is the name for medical problems that can happen when a person who has a
physical dependence on alcohol suddenly stops using alcohol. DTs
happen only if a person has had long-term, heavy use of alcohol.
of DTs include:
Delirium tremens can be life-threatening. Doctors treat delirium tremens in the hospital with prescription medicines.
Current as of:
February 24, 2016
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Peter Monti, PhD - Alcohol and Addiction
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