Delirium Tremens (DTs)

Delirium Tremens (DTs)

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.

Symptoms of DTs include:

  • Shaking (tremors).
  • High blood pressure.
  • Fast heartbeat.
  • Sweating.
  • Confusion or hallucinations (delirium).

Delirium tremens can be life-threatening. Doctors treat delirium tremens in the hospital with prescription medicines.

Last Revised: January 18, 2012

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Peter Monti, PhD - Alcohol and Addiction

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