Ugeskr Læger 2014;176:V05140301
Cardiac arrest after sudden cessation of alcohol consumption
Chronic alcohol abuse can cause both acute and chronic health problems. Unfortunately, sudden cessation is problematic, with risk of complications ranging from mild to lethal. We report a case of a 60-year-old man with substantial alcohol abuse, who suffered cardiac arrest after sudden withdrawal of alcohol. No other cause of death was found despite thorough examination. Alcohol withdrawal syndrome is a potentially fatal condition and the risks of sudden withdrawal should be recognized and treated.