Signs of Alcohol Poisoning & What to Do - Banyan Treatment Center Chicago

Signs of Alcohol Poisoning & What to Do

Signs of Alcohol Poisoning & What to Do

*If someone around you is showing serious signs of distress from alcohol, do not wait to call 911.

It is not uncommon for a night out with friends to involve heavy amounts of alcohol. Unfortunately, when this goes too far, the consequences can be deadly.

About 1 in 6 adults in the United States binge drink four times a month.1 That is a large percentage of the population, drinking far more than they should in a short amount of time. Also, because drinking is often a social event, many people struggle to draw the line between a wild night out and a serious problem. Over 90% of adults in the United States who drink excessively have also reported binge drinking in the last month. So, it is not unusual for binge drinkers to turn into alcoholics. Before it goes this far or if it has already reached this point, our Chicago alcohol treatment center wants to help.

While some may argue that binge drinking is fun, it can also come with dangerous consequences. Along with doing something you may regret or even the risk of getting in trouble with the law, binge drinking also comes with a serious risk of alcohol poisoning.

What Is Alcohol Poisoning?

Alcohol poisoning is a life-threatening situation that results from drinking too much alcohol in a short amount of time. When it occurs, the concentration of alcohol in the blood is too high and the body struggles to function correctly. The result is a series of dangerous and even fatal symptoms if medical attention is not given in time, so the next time you think someone just had too much to drink and is fine, you may want to check again for signs of alcohol overdose.

What Are the Signs of Alcohol Poisoning?

Because alcohol poisoning can be deadly, it is important to act quickly; the best way to do this is to know what to look for. Some common signs of alcohol poisoning include:

  • Shallow and irregular breathing
  • Unconsciousness or unresponsiveness
  • Blueish skin
  • Slow heartbeat
  • Decreased body temperature
  • Excessive Vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Coma

What to Do If Someone Is Exhibiting Alcohol Poisoning Symptoms

As soon as you notice that someone is showing any signs and symptoms of alcohol poisoning, call 911 immediately. It is important to act quickly and get them medical attention sooner rather than later. Even if you are underage and intoxicated yourself, it is better to intervene and risk getting in trouble if it means saving your friend’s life. If ignored, the result may be severe dehydration, brain damage, and even death.

After calling 911, it is also important to stay with the person and monitor them closely. Try to keep the person awake. If they are throwing up, you want to ensure that they do not choke on their own vomit. Keep them upright or turn their head to the side if they are lying down. Once medical personnel arrive, they will be able to assess the person and give them the emergency medical attention they need.

Even if the level of intoxication doesn’t reach alcohol poisoning, heavy alcohol use comes with many concerns. Not only can a single binge-drinking episode be deadly, but there are also several long-term effects of alcohol abuse that can lead to serious consequences on a person’s physical health. Frequent binge drinking may also lead to addiction and the various secondary problems that come with a substance abuse disorder. Instead of waiting for something bad to happen, at our Chicago addiction treatment center, we can help your loved one get sober for good.

Do not wait until your loved one overdoses on alcohol to get them help. If you or someone you love is struggling with a substance abuse problem, do not wait to get into treatment.

Call us at 888-280-4763 to get more information on Banyan Chicago and get started today.

Sources & References:

  1. NCBI - Annual Total Binge Drinks Consumed by U.S. Adults, 2015.
  2. CDC - Prevalence of Alcohol Dependence Among US Adult Drinkers, 2009–2011
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