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A 51-year-old man develops diaphoresis, ...

Alcohol withdrawal

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Alcohol withdrawal leads to a sympathetic-hyperactivity-like syndrome with tremors, HTN, insomnia, GI upset, diaphoresis, and mild agitation 3-36 hours after the last drink. There is a similar, but usually slightly later, overlap of withdrawal seizures 6-48 hours after the last drink.