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Alcoholic hallucinosis (or alcohol-related psychosis) is a complication of alcohol withdrawal in alcoholics. This develops about 12 to 24 hours after drinking stops and involves auditory and visual hallucinations, most commonly accusatory or threatening voices. This condition is distinct from delirium tremens since it develops and resolves rapidly, involves a limited set of hallucinations and has no other physical symptoms.
The risk of developing alcoholic hallucinosis is increased by long-term heavy alcohol abuse and the use of other, illicit drugs.
Descriptions of the condition date back to at least 1907.
- Alcohol dependence
- Alcohol withdrawal syndrome
- Alcoholic psychosis
- Delirium tremens
- Korsakoffs psychosis
- Wernickes syndrome
References & BibliographyEdit
- ↑ Glass IB (January 1989). Alcoholic hallucinosis: a psychiatric enigma--1. The development of an idea. Br J Addict 84 (1): 29–41.
- ↑ Bayard M, McIntyre J, Hill KR, Woodside J (March 2004). Alcohol withdrawal syndrome. Am Fam Physician 69 (6): 1443–50.
- ↑ Alcohol Merck Manual, February 2003.
- ↑ Tsuang JW, Irwin MR, Smith TL, Schuckit MA (January 1994). Characteristics of men with alcoholic hallucinosis. Addiction 89 (1): 73–8.
- ↑ (1907) Clinical psychiatry; a text-book for students and physicians, 189–, Macmillan. URL accessed 5 November 2010.