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Can delirium tremens be prevented?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Delirium tremens can be prevented by not drinking alcohol in excess. Delirium tremens is a condition that occurs in the late stages of alcohol withdrawal or due to head injury or illness. If excessive alcohol use is no longer avoidable because of your lifestyle, be certain to get medical attention when attempting to stop drinking. Some scientific evidence links tendency for delirium tremens to genetic predisposition but little has been done in this area of research and prevention.

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