Alcohol poisoning is a grave and at times fatal outcome of guzzling down vast quantities of alcohol succinctly.
Symptoms of Alcohol Poisoning:
In case one drinks, have pals that drink or have kids of any age, it is imperative to recognize the signs and symptoms of alcohol poisoning.
- Feeling confused, dazed.
- Sluggish breathing pattern (lesser than 8 breaths during a minute).
- Erratic breathing.
- Blue-tone or paleness noted in the skin.
- Hypothermia – a condition when the body temperature dips.
- Losing consciousness or passes out.
Presence of all such symptoms is not requisite for one to be able to seek professional assistance as an individual that has passed out or cannot be woken up is at a risk of dying.
When to seek medical assistance
In case there are doubts regarding someone having alcohol poisoning- even when the typical signs and symptoms are not perceivable, it is crucial to get prompt medical help. During the case of an emergency it is essential to adhere to the below mentioned recommendations:
- In Case of a person passing out
breathes lesser than 8 times per minute or have repetitive, uncontrollable vomiting, one needs to call 911 or the relevant local emergency numbers without delay. One needs to bear in mind that despite the person having lost consciousness or has discontinued drinking, alcohol would still continue to get discharged into the bloodstream and alcohol levels in the body could continue to surge. Hence, one must never presuppose that alcohol poisoning could be slept off.
- In case the individual is in a state of consciousness
it is imperative to dial 800-222-1222 where the caller would be instantaneously routed to one’s locally placed poison control center. The personnel at the poison control center or emergency call center would direct the caller on whether the individual requires to be taken immediately to the hospital. One could be rest assured that all calls made to the poison control centers are classified.
- Being ready to divulge information
In case one is aware, one needs to surely inform the staff at the hospital or the emergency room about the type and quantity of alcohol that the individual had been ingesting, and when.
- Never leaving a passed out individual unaccompanied
While one awaits medical assistance, one must never attempt at making that individual vomit as those having alcohol poisoning have an impeded gag reflex and could face self-choking on their vomit or inadvertently inhale their vomit that could enter in their lungs and could lead to lethal lung damage.
Along with conducting a check of the observable symptoms of alcohol poisoning, the doctor would mostly suggest undergoing blood analysis for checking the levels of alcohol in the blood and for identification of other symptoms of alcohol toxicity like depleted blood sugar. Urine analysis could aid in corroborating a diagnosis of alcohol poisoning.