Alcohol poisoning is a serious — and sometimes deadly — consequence of consuming large amounts of alcohol in a short period of time. Drinking too much too quickly can affect your breathing, heart rate and gag reflex and potentially lead to coma and death.
Signs of Alcohol Poisoning:
- Unconscious or passed out and cannot be awakened
- Irregular, slow breathing (8 breaths or less per minute)
- Cold, clammy, pale or bluish skin
If you or your friends are experiencing any of these symptoms while intoxicated, seek immediate help.
What to Do:
- Call 911
- Stay with your friend until help arrives
- Turn your friend on his or her side
- Monitor breathing closely
Hesitating to act can mean the difference between life and death.
What NOT to Do:
- Leave your friend alone
- Let your friend "sleep it off"
- Allow your friend to drive
- Give your friend food, liquid, medication or drugs
- Encourage your friend to walk, run or exercise
- Put your friend in a cold shower
You are ALWAYS doing the right thing by getting help.