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Alcoholic hallucinosis
Classification and external resources
ICD-10 F10.5
ICD-9 291.3
DiseasesDB 3543
eMedicine med/

Alcoholic hallucinosis is a rare complication of alcohol withdrawal in alcoholics.[1] This develops about 12 to 24 hours after drinking stops and involves auditory 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.[2]

The risk of developing alcoholic hallucinosis is increased by long-term heavy alcohol abuse and the use of other illicit drugs.[3]

See also


  1. ^ Glass IB (January 1989). "Alcoholic hallucinosis: a psychiatric enigma--1. The development of an idea". Br J Addict 84 (1): 29–41. doi:10.1111/j.1360-0443.1989.tb00549.x. PMID 2644996.  
  2. ^ Alcohol Merck Manual, February 2003.
  3. ^ Tsuang JW, Irwin MR, Smith TL, Schuckit MA (January 1994). "Characteristics of men with alcoholic hallucinosis". Addiction 89 (1): 73–8. doi:10.1111/j.1360-0443.1994.tb00851.x. PMID 7755673.  

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