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Think Alcohol Poisoning or Overdose

More than 500,000 cases of alcohol poisoning are reported each year. If you have ever vomited because of drinking, you have experienced alcohol poisoning.

Symptoms of alcohol poisoning:

  • Staggering, slurred or slowed speech, bobbing head
  • Unconscious or semi-conscious and cannot be awakened
  • Cold, clammy, unusually pale or bluish skin
  • Slowed breathing (less than eight times per minute)
  • Vomiting and in and out of consciousness

What to do:

  • Call 911
  • Do not leave the person alone
  • Roll the person onto his or her side to help avoid choking in case of vomiting
  • If the person stops breathing, administer CPR

Medical attention is needed immediately if:

  • No pain response
  • Irregular breathing
  • Respiration rate is lower than nine breaths per minute
  • Pulse is below 50 and dropping

If medical attention is not needed:

  • Place the person in a recovery position
  • Continue to monitor the individual until you can wake him or her or he/she is reacting coherently

Think Blackouts and Hangovers

What is a Blackout?

Blackouts are a form of alcohol-related memory loss. Someone may appear to be fine, but the next day cannot recall moments while intoxicated.

What is a Brownout?

Brownouts are partial blackouts that are more common and have similar characteristics.

How do I avoid a Blackout?

  • Eat before you drink
  • Pace your drinks
  • Switch between alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks

What is a hangover?

A hangover is your body’s way of displaying withdrawal symptoms and reacting to the toxicity of alcohol. Typical hangover symptoms include fatigue, nausea, headache, thirst and sometimes vomiting.

How do I prevent a hangover?

  • Drink in moderation
  • Eat a good dinner and snack throughout the night
  • Alternate alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Drink water before you go to bed to prevent dehydration

How can I sober up?

  • Drink plenty of water and/or juice to try to rehydrate your body
  • Take an over-the-counter antacid
  • Avoid caffeine (may lead to more dehydration)
  • Eat complex carbohydrates
by kempenk — last modified May 08, 2015 08:38 AM