• Dr Iqbal A Mohiuddin

Do you need a Home Alcohol Detox?

Updated: Nov 20, 2021

Drinking in moderation, i.e. just 1-2 units daily with alcohol free days, can be beneficial for our health and wellbeing, and may even prolong our life. However, drinking more than this can be harmful to our physical and mental wellbeing, e.g. heart disease, depression.

You may be able to drink every day, feel fine physically and mentally, and still manage to function. This could include maintaining a job and a family. The unhelpful and misleading term “functioning alcoholic” is often used. It‘s only when you stop drinking that you may realise that you have developed a serious problem, i.e. dependence.


Many of us get caught out over time and find that we need a daily drink to prevent the awful physical withdrawal symptoms of alcohol dependence. These can include shaking, sweating, panic, nausea, and vomiting. In worst case scenarios, fits, delirium, hallucinations, and death may occur.


If you recognise any of the above, then you may benefit from a supervised home alcohol detox. Severe alcohol dependence, i.e. more than 30 units daily, needs inpatient or residential treatment. Mild to moderate alcohol addiction may be treated safely at home under daily supervision with a nominated carer.

We have helped many patients to safely stop drinking at home. We have had more patients requesting and successfully completing home alcohol detox during the COVID-19 lockdown. The number of people drinking at harmful levels in the UK increased from 4 million before the lockdown in 2020 to 8 million in 2021. There was also a significant increase in drinking wine and spirits at home, which are more likely to cause harm.


Appropriate aftercare and support, e.g. AA 12-Steps group, SMART Recovery, addiction therapy, is also essential to prevent relapse.


Please contact IamPsychiatry to talk about how we could help you to recover.


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