Why do people experience Delirium Tremens after a long alcohol binge?
It’s always a horrific event from what I experienced and read online. Thoughts of impending doom, people talking to you that are not physically there, and they try to make you do what they want. Fiber like hair coming out from all over your skin, which you can actually feel.
“..it is theorized that delirium tremens is caused by the effect of alcohol on GABA receptors. Constant consumption of alcoholic beverages (and the consequent chronic sedation) causes a counterregulatory response in the brain in attempt to regain homeostasis.
This causes downregulation of these receptors, as well as an up-regulation in the production of excitatory neurotransmitters, primarily glutamate, and also such as norepinephrine, dopamine, epinephrine, and serotonin, all of which further the drinker’s tolerance to alcohol. When alcohol is no longer consumed, these down-regulated GABAA receptor complexes are so insensitive to GABA that the typical amount of GABA produced has little effect; compounded with the fact that GABA normally inhibits action potential formation, there are not as many receptors for GABA to bind to — meaning that sympathetic activation is unopposed. This is also known as an “adrenergic storm”; the effects of which can include (but are not limited to) tachycardia, hypertension, fever, sleep hyperhidrosis, hyperreflexia, diaphoresis, heart attack, cardiac arrhythmia, stroke, anxiety, panic attacks, paranoia, and agitation.
This is all made worse by excitatory neurotransmitter up-regulation, so not only is sympathetic nervous system over-activity unopposed by GABA, there is also more of the serotonin, norepinephrine, dopamine, epinephrine, and particularly glutamate. Excitory NMDA receptors are also up-regulated, contributing to the delirium and neurotoxicity (by excitotoxicity) of withdrawal. Direct measurements of central norepinephrine and its metabolites are in direct correlation to the severity of the alcohol withdrawal syndrome. It is possible that psychological (i.e., non-physical) factors also play a role, in addition to other factors such as infections, malnutrition, or other underlying medical disorders, often related to alcoholism.”
That was taken from the Wikipedia. It theorises what happens in the brain, but, why do people get those thoughts, and why do they see things?
I was looking at the spiritual effects of alcohol and I found this online. http://www.spiritualresearchfoundation.org/spiritual-effects-of-alcohol-drinking
In the website they explain that while drinking alcohol, we are more likely to lose control over our mind and intellect. Negative energies take advantage of this loss of control and infiltrate our consciousness. When people drink alcohol on a regular basis, they increase the chances of their being possessed.
This one is from http://www.lakotacountrytimes.com
“Alcohol is the preferred beverage of the devil, his “death drink” that is used by evil spirits to “change our hearts and spirits.”
Our energy levels after a long binge with lack of sleep and food would be very low. Quitting suddenly then starts your brain function to be erratic “adrenergic storm”. Voices are heard around you, thinking it’s in the other room or outside. Visions of other people that are not there, that will not stop following you. Believing in everything that they say to be true.
I looked online to find an explanation as to why people see other beings when they experience this ‘Delirium tremens’, I found something similar to it ‘Shadow People’. There is a lot of videos on youtube about that strange phenomenon. Is it this ‘adrenergic storm’ that happens in your brain that triggers your mind to see these spirits around us? It is a strange world that we live in. Or is it all made up in our heads?