Benzodiazepine-resistant alcohol withdrawal (RAW), defined by a requirement of ≥ 40 mg of diazepam in 1 h, represents a severe form of withdrawal without predictive parameters. This study was designed to identify risk factors associated with RAW versus withdrawal without benzodiazepine resistance (nRAW).

The study concluded that the data demonstrate the predictive ability of a history of psychiatric illness, thrombocytopenia, gender, race, baseline severity of illness and comorbidity scores for developing RAW. Considering these characteristics in early withdrawal management may prevent progression to RAW outcomes.

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