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How to Handle Alcohol Poisoning

Alcohol poisoning can be fatal if left untreated. Find out what to do if you suspect someone has alcohol poisoning.


  • : Don't drink unless you're of legal age. Drink responsibly, and never drink and drive.
  • Step 1: Call 911 Call 911 immediately if you suspect someone is suffering from alcohol poisoning. Alcohol depresses the central nervous system. If someone has been drinking heavily and loses consciousness, get emergency help.
  • TIP: Alcohol poisoning symptoms include slow and shallow breathing, a slow pulse rate, and cold, clammy skin that appears pale or bluish.
  • Step 2: Don't leave Stay with the person. Never leave an unconscious person suffering from alcohol poisoning alone. Alcohol poisoning impairs a person's gag reflex and they could choke on their own vomit or inhale vomit into their lungs.
  • Step 3: Place the person on their side Roll or push the sufferer onto their side and bend their knees. This posture can help prevent choking, which is of special concern if the person vomits.
  • Step 4: Loosen clothing Loosen the clothing around the person's neck and chest to allow them to breathe freely. Closely monitor the person's breathing.
  • Step 5: Check for obstructions Check the person's mouth for potential obstructions to easy breathing. People suffering from alcohol poisoning already have difficulty breathing, and further complications can result in death.
  • Step 6: Perform CPR Perform CPR on the victim if their breathing stops or you can't find a pulse. Always drink in moderation so you don't suffer alcohol poisoning.
  • FACT: Prohibition in the United States began at midnight on January 16, 1920.

You Will Need

  • Emergency help
  • Company
  • Posture
  • Loose clothing
  • Unobstructed airways
  • CPR

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