Concerned about Alcohol Poisoning?

Remember, if there is an emergency call 911 as soon as possible. NEVER be afraid to seek medical help for a friend who has had too much to drink. Always be safe, not sorry.

SIGNS OF ALCOHOL POISONING

  • Mental confusion
  • Difficult to wake
  • Vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Slow or irregular breathing
  • Hypothermia, bluish skin color, paleness
  • Absence of reflexes

WHAT TO DO IF YOU THINK SOMEONE HAS ALCOHOL POISONING

  • DO NOT let the person "sleep it off"
  • DO NOT wait for all of the symptoms to be present
  • DO NOT try to guess the persons' level of drunkenness
  • Be aware that a person who has passed out may be seriously hurt if not treated
  • Call 911 for help immediately
  • Turn the intoxicated person on their side to prevent choking if they vomit

WHAT CAN HAPPEN TO AN UNTREATED PERSON WITH ALCOHOL POISONING

  • Victim may choke on own vomit
  • Breathing slows, becomes irregular, or stops
  • Heart beat irregularly or stops
  • Hypothermia
  • Seizures
  • Severe dehydration from vomiting may result in seizures, brain damage or death

COMMON MYTHS ABOUT CURING ALCOHOL POISIONING

  • Drinking black coffee
  • Taking a cold shower or bath
  • Sleeping it off
  • Walking it off