Delirium Tremens occurs when a person is a heavy consumer of alcohol for an extended period of time. Delirium tremens can affect people who have used alcohol for more than ten years. Delirium tremens is a medical emergency that left untreated could end in a fatality.
How Can You Prevent Delirium Tremens?
To prevent delirium tremens, there should be a routine screening and brief intervention for high-risk alcohol use. Routine screenings should be performed in primary care settings and emergency departments; this may reduce alcohol consumption and adverse consequences in risk drinkers who are not alcohol dependent.
Delirium Tremens Can Be Fatal
Despite being a temporary condition, delirium tremens can be fatal. When alcohol withdrawal symptoms are treated promptly, they can be prevented from progressing to the severity of withdrawal symptoms, such as depressive symptoms. It usually lasts for three to four days but can also last up to eight days
Symptoms untreated may lead to withdrawal seizures in approximately 10% to 15% of patients. Delirium tremens occur in an average of 5% to 10% of alcohol-dependent individuals, there is a mortality rate of 5% to 15%.