a form of alcoholic psychosis characterized primarily by auditory hallucinations occurring in a clear sensorium, abject fear, and delusions of persecution. The condition develops in acute alcoholism as withdrawal symptoms shortly after prolonged and heavy alcohol intake is stopped or reduced, usually within 48 hours. Constitutes a medical emergency. Also called acute hallucinosis. See also hallucinosis.
alcoholic hallucinosisA rare, acute mental syndrome which is characterised by vivid auditory and visual hallucinations that occur shortly after the cessation or reduction of alcohol consumption, and may continue for months.
DiffDx Delirium tremens (DTs), paranoid psychosis, borderline transient psychotic episodes, or other substance-related disorder.