Alcohol poisoning is what happens when an individual consumes too much alcohol in a short period of time resulting in a dangerously high blood alcohol level that can lead to serious and even deadly consequences. Signs of alcohol poisoning include mental confusion, vomiting, stupor, hypothermia, irregular or slow breathing, blue-tinged or pale skin, seizures, and unconsciousness.
What should I do if I’m with someone who may be suffering from alcohol poisoning?
It’s important to seek medical care immediately. The best bet is to call 911. Before help arrives:
- Do not leave the person alone. Try to keep them awake.
- Try to keep the person in a sitting position. Do not lie the person on their back or make them walk. If the person must lie down, be sure that their head is turned to the side.
- Help them if they are vomiting or need to vomit. Again, try to keep them in a sitting position or, if lying down, with their head turned to the side.
- Provide them with water, if they can drink it. Do not give them coffee or another type of caffeinated drink. And do not allow them to drink more alcohol.