Amy Winehouse's death has created a whirlwind of rumors from 'the singer overdosed' to 'she died from alcohol withdrawal.' After Winehouse's unexpected, though not entirely shocking death, family, friends and fans have spoken out about the singer's untimely fate.
According to The Sun, Winehouse's family believes the singer died from laying off booze. The Sun reports that a family source said that doctors told the singer to slowly move away from drinking excessively, to keep the body from going into withdrawal. The doctor did tell her to avoid binge drinking at all costs, but the singer said, according to The Sun's source, that it was "all or nothing."
"Mitch [Winehouse's father] said the shock of giving up, after everything she had been through over a bad few years, was just too much for her to take."
The true cause of the talented singer's death will remain unknown until toxicology tests have been completed. Monday's autopsy did not show any indication that the singer died from drugs, alcohol or alcohol withdrawal.
In an article published by the New York Times, written by A.D.A.M., an online health information service (accredited by the American Accreditation HealthCare Commission), it states that withdrawal from alcohol can be fatal.
When a person stops drinking, cold turkey, withdrawal symptoms can begin as soon as within 6 hours, after which a series of side effects come into play. These side effects include: anxiety, irritability, agitation, insomnia, aggressive behaviors, a fever, rapid heartbeat, high or low blood pressure, mental disturbance, and seizures.
During the initial withdrawal period, stress hormones are produced, and the central nervous system becomes overly excited.
Delirium tremens (DTs) are withdrawal symptoms which get progressively worse, and include altered mental states, and, or seizures. Though uncommon (only 5 percent of patients get DTs), they are potentially fatal.
A person who is known to be suffering from these symptoms can be treated, but in Winehouse's case, it may be that nobody knew the singer was suffering.