What Is a Drop Attack

What Is A Drop Attack?

A drop attack is a sudden onset of dizziness, lightheadedness or even loss of consciousness which occurs when you drink too much alcohol. This type of symptoms are usually experienced within 15 minutes after drinking. However, it may take up to several hours before the condition becomes noticeable. When the person drinks enough alcohol to cause a hangover they will experience a severe decrease in their mental faculties such as memory and concentration skills.

The symptoms of a drop attack include:



Loss of balance and coordination (balance problems)





Restlessness/Tremors/Muscle tension. These symptoms are often accompanied with headache, nausea, vomiting, muscle aches and other physical discomfort.

If left untreated these symptoms can lead to death.

How Does Alcohol Cause A Drop Attack?

Alcohol causes a number of things to happen inside your body which result in the onset of a drop attack. One of them is called acetaldehyde. Acetaldehyde is produced naturally during fermentation and cooking processes. It is a poisonous substance that damages cells and organs causing cell damage, organ failure and even death. This happens because it interferes with the normal functioning of the brain, nervous system, liver, kidneys and lungs. Acetaldehyde is also known to destroy brain cells.

How Can You Prevent And Stop Drop Attacks?

One of the best ways to prevent a drop attack is to stop drinking alcohol altogether. If you think that you may have a problem with alcohol, it is best to seek medical and psychiatric help from a professional. It is important to know how much alcohol can trigger an attack because even during the process of detox, the risk of an attack occurring remains high.

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