delirium tremens

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An acute confusional state often seen as a withdrawal syndrome in chronic alcoholics (see alcoholism) and caused by sudden cessation of drinking alcohol. It can be precipitated by a head injury or an acute infection causing abstinence from alcohol. Features include anxiety, tremor, sweating, and vivid and terrifying visual and sensory hallucinations, often of animals and insects. Without medical treatment severe cases may end fatally.

Subjects: Medicine and Health — Psychology.

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