Thursday, July 28, 2011

Is delirium tremens (DT) the cause of Amy Winehouse’s death?

 ‘Abstinence gave her body such a fright they thought it was eventually the cause of her death,’ a source close to the family told the Sun newspaper. Amy’s father refuted reports of his daughter’s heavy drinking in the days leading up to her death.
Speaking on Tuesday Mitch told mourners: ‘Three years ago, Amy conquered her drug dependency; the doctors said it was impossible but she really did it. She was trying hard to deal with her drinking and had just completed three weeks of abstinence.’ She said, "Dad, I've had enough of drinking. I can't stand the look on your and the family's faces any more'. Read more: Daily mail

DT is a medical emergency. It is a severe form of alcohol withdrawal that involves sudden and severe mental or nervous system changes. Symptoms usually occur within 72 hours after the last drink.
Learn about DT: O'Connor PG. Alcohol abuse and dependence. In: Goldman L, Ausiello D, eds. Cecil Medicine. 23rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007:chap 31.
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