Alcohol Poisoning

Basic Facts

Alcohol Poisoning occurs when your body is forced to shut down due to the large amount of alcohol in your blood stream. Alcohol has the effect of slowing down many of the involuntary functions of the body, including your heart rate, blood pressure, breathing and gag reflex. A fatal dose of alcohol will eventually stop these functions.

Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol Poisoning

  • Person is known to have consumed large quantities of alcohol
  • Person is unconscious and cannot be awakened
  • Person has cold, clammy, unusually pale or bluish skin
  • Person is breathing slowly or irregularly, less than 8 times a minute or 10 seconds or more between breaths
  • Person vomits while passed out and does not wake up during or after

What to do is someone has alcohol poisoning

  • Try to wake up the person. Try to wake the person by calling their name, slapping their face or pinching their skin. Do not leave person alone
  • Check the person’s breathing
  • Turn the person on his/her side to prevent choking
  • Do not leave the person alone
  • If any signs of alcohol poisoning exists, call 911

Information from St. Louis University and the Bacchus Network