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What To Do When Someone Is Showing Signs Of Alcohol Overdose

June 12, 2020

Alcohol Poisoning is unfortunately a very commonplace issue in the United States today. In fact, the CDC reports that alcohol poisoning kills six people in the US each day. So, what should you do if you are with someone who is showing signs of alcohol overdose? Someone with alcohol poisoning needs immediate medical attention. Following these steps could get someone the critical help they need.

Signs Of Alcohol Poisoning

A person is at risk for alcohol poisoning if they have been drinking an excessive amount of alcohol, binge drinking, or have intentionally or unintentionally consumed household products that contain alcohol.

If the person is conscious, they may be showing signs of alcohol poisoning if:

  • they seemed confused or appear to be in a stupor (conscious but unresponsive)
  • they are showing signs of low body temperature (hypothermia)
  • they are having trouble breathing
  • they are vomiting

If the person is unconscious or at risk of losing consciousness, they may have symptoms of alcohol poisoning if:

  • they are unresponsive when you try to wake them or move them
  • they have slow breathing
  • they have skin that is cold or clammy
  • they are showing signs of gag reflex or vomiting in their sleep
  • they are having seizures or spasms

If you feel that a person is suffering from alcohol poisoning it is important to call 911 and get them medical help immediately.

How To Help A Person During Alcohol Overdose

If you are with someone who is at risk of alcohol poisoning, it is important to stay with them until medical help arrives.

  • Call 911
  • Speak calmly to the person and inform them of anything you are going to do.
  • If the person is unconscious, roll them onto their side. Do not let them stay on their back.
  • Watch for any signs of aggression because you need to keep yourself safe too.
  • Do not give the person food or drink of any kind.
  • Do not try to give the person a cold shower.
  • If they have pale skin and are cold, give them a blanket to help them warm up.
  • If they are out in the sun, try to get them to a cooler area.
  • If the person goes unconscious, check for vital signs and keep emergency personnel informed.

How To Avoid Alcohol Poisoning

Alcohol use is something that is very common, but having an excessive number of alcoholic drinks, binge drinking, or playing drinking games can lead to severe dehydration, alcohol poisoning, and over the long-term, even lead to alcohol abuse and addiction. Alcohol poisoning or overdose occurs when a person's blood alcohol concentration becomes so high, their system cannot keep up with processing the alcohol. This can lead to brain damage, heart attack, or even death.

Do what you can to keep yourself healthy. Keep any alcohol consumption to a minimum. If you are a person who has trouble drinking alcohol and keeping it under control, consider abstaining from drinking alcoholic beverages altogether.

If you or a loved one are struggling with alcohol addiction or substance abuse, it is important to remember that this is a disease that requires medical treatment. You deserve to get the help you need. Reach out to BrightView Treatment Centers today. Our friendly, non-judgmental staff is here to answer the phone 24 hours a day. 1-833-510-HELP

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