The occurrence of alcohol withdrawal often indicates that a person has abused the substance over a long period of time. They have, in most instances, consumed large amounts of it. Though there are approximately 1.2 million hospital admissions for that each year in the United States, many cases of withdrawal happen as an incidental finding .
In other words, the individual presents to a health care facility for a separate disease and shortly after admission experiences withdrawal because he or she is not able to drink in the hospital. Indeed, four-fifths of these alcohol-dependent patients will suffer from this while they are already in a facility for something else .
Dependence on these types of beverages has no socioeconomic boundaries, and it can afflict those with any level of education, age, gender, racial/ethnic group, or other demographic variable. As a result, the diagnosis is not an easy one for hospital staff because they may overlook wealthy clients or those with much education who appear to function well in the community .