Student Wellness
Student Wellness

Alcohol Poisoning

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