Signs of Alcohol Poisoning
- Unable to stand or walk, or can only do so with difficult
- Only vaguely aware of surroundings
- Difficulty breathing
- Passed out or in a stupor
- Feverish or chilled
- Difficulty speaking or identifying oneself to others; obnoxious or unruly
- Consumed—or chugged—a large quantity of alcohol, or ingested other sedating or tranquilizing drugs • Repeated episodes of vomiting
- Unconscious or semi-conscious
- Slowed or irregular breathing (eight or less breaths per minute) or lapses in breathing of more than 10 seconds
- Cold, clammy or pale/bluish skin
- Vomiting while “sleeping” or passed out, and not waking up after vomiting
How to Help a Friend: If they are conscious and responsive…
- Stay with them. Check often to make sure they are still conscious and responsive.
- Make certain that they stay on their side, not their back.
- Before you touch them, tell them exactly what you are going to do. Be aware of any signs of aggression. Do not ridicule, judge, threaten, or try to counsel them.
- Remain calm and be firm. Avoid communicating feelings of anxiety or anger.
- Keep them quiet and comfortable. If they are in the sun, move them to the shade. If cold, move them to a warm place and offer a blanket.
- Don’t give them food, drink, or medication of any kind.
- Remember that only time will sober up a drunk person. Walking, showering, or drinking coffee will not help and may actually cause harm.
How to Help a Friend: If the person is unconscious, semi-conscious, or unresponsive…
- Call 911 immediately for help