Signs that Your Loved One Could Overdose on Alcohol

Signs that Your Loved One Could Overdose on Alcohol

Alcohol overdose, also called alcohol poisoning, happens when a person consumes more alcohol than his or her body can metabolize. It is a painful and extremely dangerous condition that can lead to permanent brain damage or even death. Alcohol overdose happens as a result of the following:

  • Binge drinking (consuming for than five drinks by men or four by women)
  • Combining alcohol with prescription or illicit drugs
  • Escalating alcohol consumption resulting from tolerance

Who Is at Risk for Alcohol Overdose?

Death from alcohol poisoning can happen the first time a person drinks. It can also happen to a person who has been drinking for decades. Several factors contribute to alcohol poisoning including the amount of food in a person’s stomach when he or she starts drinking, the body’s experience with alcohol use, the healthy functioning of internal organs such as the stomach, liver, kidneys and intestines and the person’s age. Once a person has consumed more alcohol than his or her body can metabolize, he or she will experience a range of potentially lethal symptoms including the following:

  • Reduced reflexive response
  • Inability to focus the eyes or attention
  • Coma
  • Seizures
  • Intense nausea, vomiting or flu-like symptoms
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Discolored skin
  • Shallow or challenged breathing
  • Erratic behavior

Binge drinking is the behavior most likely to result in alcohol overdose, and it is also among the quickest ways to develop an alcohol addiction. Even if a person only binges once per year, he or she may establish a life-controlling addiction to alcohol. Some signs that a person is at risk of developing a binge drinking or alcohol problem include the following:

  • Inability or unwillingness to quit drinking after starting
  • Drinking to the point of complete drunkenness or unconsciousness
  • Isolation from loved ones due to drinking
  • Denial of a drinking problem
  • Long-term alcohol abuse

Recovery from Alcohol Addiction

Alcoholics almost always require professional caring help to get clean and stay clean. Alcohol creates a physical dependency, and the body of the alcoholic will require a regular supply of it in order to function. If and when they quit drinking, they will experience several extremely uncomfortable or even dangerous withdrawal symptoms. The process of detoxing can take several days to more than a week., but the psychological aspects of addiction are even more powerful and long-lasting than the physical. When abused alcohol causes the rewiring of neural pathways in the brain. Deep emotional cravings for alcohol will be intermittently present for months or even years after detox is complete. Full and lasting sobriety requires careful treatment of all aspects of the disease and any co-occurring or underlying mental or psychological disorders that may have contributed to the development of the disease in the first place.

Avoid Overdose and Overcome Alcohol Addiction

If you or a loved one has developed a problem with alcohol, please call our toll-free helpline any time of day or night. Our specially trained addiction experts can answer any questions you have and connect you with the best recovery resources for your unique situation. Call today.