How to Detect the signs and symptoms of alcohol poisoning
If your in college or just want to be prepared for an unfortunate situation, it is important to know how to tell if someone is suffering from alcohol poisoning. Binge drinking can lead to long term health problems but with vigilance, immediate death can be prevented.
Alcohol poisoning affects breathing and gag reflex functions. Learn the signs that indicate when to call a doctor, and you could save a life.
You Will Need
* Knowledge of the symptoms
* Prompt medical attention
Step 1: Notice vomiting
Take note if the victim is vomiting. Although it could be an upset stomach, it could also indicate a more serious problem.
Step 2: Wake the victim
Attempt to wake the victim if they pass out. If they cannot be roused, immediately seek help.
Watch an unconscious victim to make sure they don't choke on their vomit.
Step 3: Listen to breathing
Listen for slow or irregular breathing. Eight breaths per minute or less is considered slow.
Step 4: Check for hypothermia
Check to see if the victim has blue or pale skin or low body temperature, as these can be signs of hypothermia.
Step 5: Watch for seizures
Watch for seizures, which are caused by either dehydration or hyperglycemia.
Step 6: Call for help
Call the hospital or poison control if you suspect the victim has alcohol poisoning. Don't wait for all the symptoms to appear before calling for help.
Each year an estimated 1,700 college students ages die from alcohol-related injuries.