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Alcohol Poisoning

Beginning Signs

  • Disorientation.
  • Lack of awareness of surroundings.
  • Impaired coordination.
  • Rambling, losing train of thought.
  • Unable to track simple conversation.
  • Confusion.
  • Slurred Speech.
  • Loss of balance.
  • Impaired memory.
  • Eyes glassy or unfocused.

Critical Signs

  • Mental confusion, stupor, coma, or person cannot be awakened (or it's very difficult).
  • Vomiting (especially while sleeping or passed out).
  • Doesn't wake up after vomiting.
  • Seizures.
  • Slow breathing (fewer than eight breaths per minute).
  • Irregular breathing (10 seconds or more between breaths).
  • Hypothermia (low body temperature): cold, clammy, pale or bluish skin.

What Do I Do If I Suspect Alcohol Poisoning?

  • Stay Calm.
  • Take it Seriously. Alcohol Poisoning can lead to Brain Damage, Stroke, and Death.
  • Don't wait for all symptoms to be present.
  • Try to wake an unconscious person. If he/she doesn't wake, call 911.
  • If the person can be woken and is coherent, lay them on their side with knees bent and one arm out.
  • Do not administer food, drink, or medication.



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Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701