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7 Symptoms of Alcohol Poisoning and How To Treat Alcohol Poisoning

  • 7 Symptoms of Alcohol Poisoning and How To Treat Alcohol Poisoning

    7 Symptoms of Alcohol Poisoning and How To Treat Alcohol Poisoning

    With a dubious name like “alcohol poisoning” some may equate the condition to a minor digestive disturbance similar to that caused by eating tainted food. In spite of that bit of wordplay intended to lessen the negative stigma of alcoholic overdosing and keep sales of the legal, yet restricted, substance from plummeting, the truth is this: Alcohol poisoning is a form of overdose. It is incredibly dangerous and often lethal. With the assistance of the Mayo Clinic, learn to recognize the symptoms and save a life- possibly your own.

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    1. Confusion

    This may seem like a standard side effect of drunken foolishness, but confusion is one of the early symptoms of alcohol poisoning. The effects of alcohol on the brain cause inhibition and carelessness and, in large doses, disorientation, lack of coordination, and delusions.

    2. Vomiting

    Vomiting is the body’s natural reaction to the abundance of a harmful substance. It attempts to purge itself of toxins by emptying the stomach of its contents. Do not dismiss a person vomiting after alcohol consumption as simply “having a bit too much” as that person may asphyxiate (or suffocate) if left unsupervised.

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    3. Unconsciousness

    Often referred to as getting “blackout drunk,” unconsciousness as one of the symptoms of alcohol poisoning is a silent danger. Though no outward symptoms may be visible, internal damage to the brain, heart, or lungs can cause a victim to fall unconscious leaving bystanders unaware of the impending dangers.

    4. Seizures

    Unlike simple unconsciousness, a victim of alcohol poisoning who experiences seizures- regardless of the existence of previous conditions- will cause alarm among witnesses and is likely to prompt notification of emergency responders. However seizures are among the more dangerous symptoms caused alcoholic overdosing. Seizures may be caused by neurotoxicity, damage to the brain, or shock.


    5. Slowed or Irregular Breathing

    This symptom may not be readily obvious to untrained observers until it reaches dangerous levels. If a person takes less than eight breaths in a minute or more than 10 seconds elapses between breaths it is a sign of lung trouble and medical attention should be sought immediately.

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    6. Blue or Paleness of skin

    Changes in the skintone of someone suffering from the symptoms of alcohol poisoning may give life-saving indications concerning their condition. Alcohol consumption constricts the blood vessels in the body. A lack of blood flow or oxygen in the blood supply to the skin will cause paleness or a blue tinting. Do not ignore this. Lack of oxygen or blood to the skin is a good indication of the oxygen levels and blood flow within the body.

    7. Hypothermia (Low Body Temperature)

    Shivering, coolness to the touch, and confusion may indicate the onset of hypothermia, a sign that the body is losing its ability to regulate body temperature. Hypothermia is extremely dangerous as it causes organ failure, shock, and death. If this symptom is present, do not attempt to submerge the victim in hot water, as the extreme temperature difference will exacerbate the condition.

    How Can I Help?

    If you suspect someone is suffering from alcohol poisoning, do not wait for multiple symptoms to develop. Some people will not experience multiple symptoms; the time wasted can put their lives in danger. Alcohol poisoning is ALWAYS an emergency and 911 should be contacted immediately. Be prepared to give the dispatcher as much information as you can as honestly as possible- avoiding trouble with your parents or significant other is not worth someone else’s life. Never leave an unconscious person by themselves and attend to those who are vomiting to prevent choking and loss of consciousness.


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    Comments (1)

    • Ms. Holder Hello. Thanks for this fine article. The past ten years for me have been a struggle to convince friends and family on the insidious nature of alcohol. I have coined the phrase “metered poison”. Prohibition was rooted in a moral platform and unfortunately moonshiners won out. I think the biggest challenge is to get people to visualize the fact that it is a poison. and imagine a beer thats 20 ounces you remove the 1 once of alchohol and replace that with one like strychnine. The 20 years that preceded my epiphany 10 years ago were a less deliberate attempt to deal with the hazard i intuitively knew existed with alcohol…….i would deliberately limit myself to 1 can of beer per week. Our local Kroger supermarket recently went through a remodel . They moved the alchohol product to front aisles, nearly tripled the square feet they market wine, whiskey and beer.I have seen many mothers spend $100 at checkout, half on beer and wine the other half on junk food for the children. My email is leo@plymouth-computers.com my facebook pages are filled with alcohol awareness and my love for dogs. I will join you in the fight to stop this ugly culture.


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