Signs of Alcohol Poisoning

Alcohol poisoning can occur to anyone if they drink too much and can be fatal if left untreated. Call 911 immediately if you or someone you know may be experiencing alcohol poisoning. Never be afraid to get help, because getting help can be the difference between life and death when it comes to alcohol poisoning.

Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol Poisoning

There are some signs that indicate that a person may be experiencing alcohol poisoning. If you notice that you or someone else is suffering from one or more of the following symptoms after drinking, get help immediately:

  • Vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Slow breathing (fewer than eight breaths per minute)
  • Irregular breathing (ten seconds or more between breaths)
  • Hypothermia (low body temperature)
  • Bluish skin color or paleness
  • Confusion
  • Stupor, coma or non-responsiveness

If any of these symptoms occur, get help immediately. Do not wait for multiple symptoms to occur. The longer you wait, the more likely it is that alcohol poisoning will be fatal. When in doubt, call 911.

What Happens If Alcohol Poisoning Goes Untreated?

If alcohol poisoning goes untreated, the victim could die. A person’s blood alcohol content can continue to increase after he or she has passed out, so a victim won’t simply sleep off alcohol poisoning. Alcohol depresses nerves that control breathing and gag reflex, and when you suffer from alcohol poisoning you may stop breathing or vomit while unconscious. Left untreated, alcohol poisoning can result in the following:

  • The victim choking on his or her vomit
  • The victim’s breathing coming to a stop
  • The victim’s heart stopping
  • Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) leading to seizures
  • Hypothermia
  • Severe dehydration leading to seizures, permanent brain damage or death

Get Treatment and Avoid Alcohol Poisoning

Excessive drinking puts you at risk for alcohol poisoning. Call our toll-free helpline today, and learn about the ways you can end alcohol abuse and avoid these unnecessary risks. We want to help you find the form of treatment that is right for you, so call us now. We are here to help 24 hours a day, so there is never a bad time to call. Call right now, and let us help you end the negative effects alcohol has on your life.