Alcohol poisoning results from drinking a large quantity of alcohol, normally in a short period of time. Drinking large amounts of alcohol in a short period of time can be potentially life-threatening as it can affect heart rate, breathing, gag reflex, and body temperature. Extreme cases can possibly lead to coma and ultimately even death. If someone is suspected of having alcohol poisoning, it is vital that they receive immediate medical attention. Alcohol poisoning cannot be treated by “sleeping it off” or drinking coffee. Recognizing the signs of alcohol poisoning and knowing what to do in the situation could mean the difference between life and death.
The Symptoms of Alcohol Poisoning
There can be a very fine line between being extremely intoxicated and dangerously intoxicated. Being able to spot the symptoms of it is crucial, as the person suffering will not be in a state in which they can help themselves. Symptoms to watch for include confusion, vomiting, and loss of coordination. More severe symptoms include seizures, pale or blue-tinged skin, slow breathing (normally less than eight breaths per minute), and low body temperature. Someone suffering may also pass out and become unresponsive.