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Dry Drunk Syndrome

What’s a dry drunk? If you have quit drinking but are still struggling with the negative and destructive attitudes and feelings you did during active addiction, you may be dealing with what’s called a dry drunk syndrome. Originally coined by the creators of Alcoholic Anonymous, the dry drunk syndrome can have a negative impact on the process of giving up drinking both physically and mentally. While the dry drunk syndrome is most common among people who quit alcohol without the support of addiction professionals, anyone can become a dry drunk, especially during the emotionally charged first year of sobriety. Learning the symptoms of the dry drunk syndrome as well as a few strategies to better cope can help you or someone you love to move past this stumbling block toward lasting recovery. What Causes Dry Drunk Syndrome? Sobriety is different than recovery. The dry drunk syndrome is also referred to as “white-knuckling.” If you’re not drinking but you’re still on edge or craving alcohol but not getting treatment, you may be experiencing this. You may still be struggling with the emotional and psychological issues that led you to drink. ‌ If you’re in sobriety but not in recovery, you may…