Substance Use

Alcohol & Night Sweats: When to be Concerned

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Do You Have Concerns About Alcohol & Night Sweats?

Alcohol-induced night sweats are not uncommon in those who drink regularly or excessively. Shakiness, dizziness, heart palpitations, nausea, headaches, or fatigue may also result. While some people may experience night sweats occasionally due to drinking alcohol, if they become a frequent occurrence, then it may be a sign of alcohol addiction, alcohol intolerance, or an underlying health issue.

If you or someone you love is fighting alcohol addiction, Zinnia Health can help. Our addiction treatment facilities provide personalized treatment programs tailored to each patient’s unique situation and group counseling and outpatient services to tackle cravings for alcohol. If you want to stop drinking, call our dedicated helpline 24/7 at (855) 430-9439.

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Can Too Much Alcohol Cause Night Sweats?

Yes, overconsumption of alcohol can cause night sweats. The body processes the alcohol in your system by breaking it down into compounds such as acetaldehyde and ethanol. This process causes a rise in your body temperature, which can lead to sweating during the night.

Additionally, drinking too much alcohol suppresses the function of the hypothalamus, which is the part of your brain that helps regulate body temperature. This can also cause night sweats.

Night sweats can also be a sign of alcohol withdrawal.

What Are the Symptoms of Night Sweats?

The main symptom of night sweats is excessive sweating during the night, usually on the face, chest, back, and arms. In some cases, you may even wake up feeling cold due to the sweat your body produces.

Other common symptoms include chills, nausea, and fatigue.

What Are Some Other Conditions That Can Cause Night Sweats?

In addition to alcohol-induced night sweats, there are a variety of other medical conditions that are causes of night sweats. These include:

  • Infections such as tuberculosis or HIV/AIDS
  • Endocrine disorders such as hypoglycemia and hyperthyroidism
  • Cancer
  • Medication side effects
  • Hormonal imbalances, such as those caused by menopause
  • Damage to the nervous system caused by diabetes

If you experience night sweats that are not due to alcohol consumption, it is essential to seek medical attention. Your doctor can diagnose the underlying cause and provide treatment for any health conditions that may be causing the symptoms.

How Can I Prevent Night Sweats?

The best ways to prevent alcohol-related night sweats are to:

  • Drink in moderation
  • Drink plenty of water when you have alcohol
  • Avoid binge drinking

If you are struggling with an alcohol use disorder, ask your doctor about treatment options such as counseling or medication-assisted treatment.

You should also speak to your doctor if you think another underlying health condition may cause your night sweats. They may be able to suggest medications, lifestyle changes, or therapies that can help reduce the symptoms.

How Do I Know If My Night Sweats Are Serious?

If your night sweats are accompanied by other symptoms such as fever, chills, or difficulty breathing, you should seek medical attention immediately. It is also important to see a doctor if your night sweats become more frequent or intense over time.

In addition, if you experience night sweats due to alcohol consumption, it may be a sign of alcohol addiction. If you believe you may be struggling with an alcohol use disorder, seek medical advice.

When Should I Be Concerned About Alcohol Abuse?

If you experience night sweats due to drinking alcohol, it’s essential to be aware of other signs that could indicate a problem with excessive alcohol consumption. These include:

  • Loss of control over how much and when you drink
  • Spending a significant amount of time thinking about drinking or recovering from drinking
  • Feelings of guilt or embarrassment related to drinking
  • Drinking in dangerous situations
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms, like delirium tremens, or the DTs, when you don’t drink
  • Using alcohol to cope with stress or other difficult emotions
  • Drinking in secret or lying about how much you drink
  • Needing to drink more to get the same effect
  • Continued drinking despite negative consequences such as relationship problems, health issues, financial difficulties, or legal trouble

If you notice these signs or have concerns about your drinking, speak to a doctor or mental health professional. They can help you determine if there is a problem and assist you in finding treatment if needed.

Zinnia Health is committed to providing the highest quality of care for people who want to break free from the hold of substance use. We believe in giving those affected the tools they need to overcome the obstacle of alcohol use disorder. Our inpatient and outpatient facilities are nurturing and supportive. Call our 24/7 helpline at (855) 430-9439 to get on the right path to recovery and sobriety.

How Do You Know If You Are Addicted to Alcohol?

If you drink more than the recommended limits and are experiencing negative consequences, you may struggle with alcohol addiction. Alcohol addiction and alcoholism are closely related but have some distinct differences.

Alcohol addiction is the compulsive need to drink, regardless of the consequences. It is when someone regularly drinks to excess and has developed alcohol dependence.

Alcoholism, on the other hand, is a chronic health condition characterized by an inability to control drinking, physical dependence, and withdrawal symptoms when drinking is stopped.

What Are Some of the Short and Long-Term Effects of Alcohol Use?

Excessive alcohol consumption can be life-threatening in the short and long term.

Short-term effects of alcohol can include:

  • Impaired judgment
  • Slurred speech
  • Slowed reflexes and coordination
  • Lowered inhibitions and confusion
  • Overdose, coma, and death
  • Increased heart rate and blood pressure

Long-term effects of alcohol can include:

  • An increased risk for certain cancers
  • Heart disease
  • Liver disease
  • Weakened immune system
  • Mental health issues such as depression and anxiety
  • Memory loss
  • Brain damage

Zinnia Health is here to provide the support, guidance, and effective treatment you need to start living a life free of alcohol addiction. Our detox facilities, group counseling, and outpatient services focus on helping those struggling with cravings for alcohol learn how to cope with them. We understand that addiction can be a difficult journey, which is why we have an alcohol hotline available 24 hours per day. Call us today at (855) 430-9439 for help and support.

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