Published online by Cambridge University Press: 08 June 2020
Alcohol withdrawal should not be taken lightly. It can be lethal through its physiological consequences, direct injury or noncompliance. When dealing with alcohol dependence, new prescribers must ‘think of drink’ (ask about alcohol consumption), and plan for prevention. This chapter provides a schema for the drug management of delirium tremens and prevention of Wernicke–Korsakoff’s syndrome.