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I have been suffering from quite serios depression for exactly two years. This was triggered by an HIV scare.
Initially, I did not drink much and had no real issues with alcohol.
However, I started to drink heavily periodically a year ago. However, I did not suffer any withdrawal symptoms.
But I began to drink heavily quite constantly two months ago.
In particular, I drank very heavily last week: starting on 23th July and ending on 30th July, I drank three 1.5 litre bottles of vodka.
I ended-up in hospital on the morning of 1 August. Surprisingly, my blood alcohol level was "only" 175mg, compared to the drink-drive limit of 80mg.
I was released from hospital the same evening. However, I seem to have had quite severe withdrawal symptoms since then.
Initially, I could not keep food down. Then I had severe diarrhoea. I have been having quite serious sweating and dizziness.
Is this common? How long can I expect these symptoms to last?
I have been very worried that I have damaged my liver, though I had a liver function test a few weeks ago after I had started drinking heavily (though I was sober at the time) and it was within normal limits.
A GP and a nurse, both of whom I saw yesterday, said that my liver would not be permanently damagd by two months of heavy drinking. Would you agree?
I know that I risk becoming dependant on alcohol, and I have sought help from the local Addictions Team, and am even considering seeking a residential treatment programme.
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