Alcohol Emergencies

Make A Plan

Alcohol use and consumption can happen at conventions and events. Knowing the signs of symptoms of alcohol poisoning can save lives.

When you consume alcohol, it gets absorbed into your blood and distributed throughout the entire body. Alcohol acts as a mood and mind-altering substance, a central nervous system depressant and a natural irritant to the stomach. When people consume large amounts of alcohol in a short period of time, they increase the risk of an overdose, also known as alcohol poisoning.

Alcohol poisoning symptoms may include:

  • Slowed reaction time
  • Mental confusion
  • Unsteady balance, inability to walk and poor coordination
  • Sleepiness
  • Unconsciousness, also known as “passing out”
  • Slowed or irregular breathing
  • Lowered body temperature
  • Vomiting
  • Choking
  • Seizures, coma, and death

Even small amounts of alcohol can lead to poor judgment and reckless behavior. Excessive Alcohol use and binge drinking have been linked to a greater risk of injury and ER visits. Home remedies like coffee or cold showers will not make an intoxicated person sober. Instead, follow these tips.

Tips and special considerations to keep your friends safe:

  • If intoxicated do your best to stop them from consuming any more alcohol.
  • Help get them to a safe location.
  • Eat nutritious foods before consuming alcohol. 
  • If you’re pregnant or you think your pregnant DO NOT consume alcohol. 
  • Do not let them drive.
  • Do not leave them alone.
  • If they go to sleep, place them on their side, not their back, which will help keep their airway open if they start vomiting.
  • Make sure to hydrate with water thoroughly whilst consuming alcohol.
  • If someone is on blood thinners or seizure medications do not consume alcohol. Certain prescription blood thinners and seizure medications are processed through the liver. 

Dangerously Drunk/Intoxicated: When to Call 911 and/or summon emergency responders.

Never leave an intoxicated person alone to “sleep it off.” A person’s blood alcohol content may continue to rise after they’ve stopped drinking, leading to possible choking, coma, respiratory arrest, and death. The five major signs of excessive intoxication are.

  • Puking while passed
    out
  • Inability to walk on their own
  • Unresponsive to stimulation (pinch or shaking)
  • Breathing (slow, shallow or no breathing)
  • Skin (blue, cold or clammy)

WHEN IN DOUBT SUMMON EMERGENCY RESPONDERS OR CALL 911

Sources:

https://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/alcoholoverdosefactsheet/overdosefact.htm

https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/

https://www.drugs.com/article/bloodthinner-medications-alcohol.html

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

 

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