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Alcohol Poisoning

Excessive drinking can be hazardous to your health! Do you know about the dangers of alcohol poisoning?

Critical Signs for Alcohol Poisoning

  • Mental confusion, stupor, coma, or person cannot be roused
  • Vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Slow breathing (fewer than eight breaths per minute)
  • Irregular breathing (10 seconds or more between breaths)
  • Hypothermia (low body temperature), bluish skin color, paleness

What Can Happen to Someone with Alcohol Poisoning that Goes Untreated?

  • Victim chokes on his or her own vomit
  • Breathing slows, becomes irregular, or stops
  • Heart beats irregularly or stops
  • Hypothermia (low body temperature)
  • Hypoglycemia (too little blood sugar) leads to seizures
  • Untreated severe dehydration from vomiting can cause seizures, permanent brain damage, or death

Binge Drinking

Binge Drinking is defined as: the consumption of 5 or more alcoholic drinks in one occasion for males, and the consumption of 4 or more alcoholic drinks in one occasion for females.

If you suspect that someone has alcohol poisoning, even if they don't have all of the signs and symptoms, seek immediate medical care. If the person is unconscious, call 911 or your local emergency number.