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AVOID ALCOHOL POISONING

Alcohol poisoning is a serious and sometimes deadly condition as a result of drinking a lot of alcohol in a very short period of time.

Signs of Alcohol poisoning are:
Confusion, stupor
Uncontrolled vomiting
Breathing irregularly or slowly
Hypothermia (low temperature)
Pale bluish skin
Seizure
Loss of consciousness

CAUSES

Main cause of alcohol poisoning is binge drinking and especially excessive repetitive drinking by a person not accustomed to drinking. Binge drinking is defined as drinking 5 alcoholic drinks in a short time. Teenagers and young adults (men>women) are most susceptible to alcohol poisoning due to the binge drinking behavior.

TREATMENT

Alcohol poisoning is a lethal condition if not treated immediately.
If you suspect someone has alcohol poisoning and the person is unconscious call 911 immediately.
Never leave a person suspected of alcohol poisoning alone. Do not try to make the patient vomit. Alcohol affects gag reflux and the individual can choke on his own vomit. If the person is conscious you can call poison control at 800 222 1222 and get instructions regarding treatment.
Patient with alcohol poisoning needs to be treated in the hospital with intravenous hydration, medications and close observation.


http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/alcohol-poisoning/DS00861

 

 

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