How to Recognize and Treat Alcohol Poisoning

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How to Recognize and Treat Alcohol Poisoning

How to Recognize and Treat Alcohol Poisoning

Many people enjoy having an alcoholic beverage or beverages on occasion, but consuming too many drinks in a short period of time can lead to alcohol poisoning.1 This condition can affect your body’s ability to function properly and may even cause death.2 But by identifying and treating a case of alcohol poisoning and drinking responsibly, you can avoid serious health consequences or even death.

Identifying Alcohol Poisoning Be aware of your risk for alcohol poisoning.

Alcohol poisoning can happen as a result of binge drinking, which is consuming at least four drinks for women and five for men within two hours. However, certain factors can increase your risk for developing the condition. These include: Your size, weight, and overall health If you’ve had anything to eat recently Drug use Alcohol percentage in your beverages Frequency and quantity of alcohol consumption Your tolerance level, which can drop dangerously if the temperature is high, you are dehydrated or have been exerting yourself physically Your size, weight, and overall healthIf you’ve had anything to eat recentlyDrug useAlcohol percentage in your beveragesFrequency and quantity of alcohol consumptionYour tolerance level, which can drop dangerously if the temperature is high, you are dehydrated or have been exerting yourself physicallyWatch consumption rates.

Pay attention to how much you or a friend is drinking as much as possible. This may help you more easily identify the signs and symptoms of alcohol poisoning, inform medical personnel, or even minimize the risk of getting the condition. One drink equals: 12 ounces 355 ml of regular beer containing about 5% alcohol8-9 ounces 237-266 ml of malt liquor containing about 7% alcohol5 ounces 148 ml of wine containing about 12% alcohol1.5 ounces 44ml of 80-proof hard liquor containing about 40% alcohol. Examples of hard liquor include gin, rum, tequila, whiskey, and vodka. Obs Many people enjoy having an alcoholic beverage or beverages on occasion, but consuming too many drinks in a short period of time can lead to alcohol poisoning.1 This condition can affect your body’s ability to function properly and may even cause death.2 But by identifying and treating a case of alcohol poisoning and drinking responsibly, you can avoid serious health consequences or even death.

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This video is shown in a storytelling way and has information on how a person can get alcohol poisoning, as well as tips on how to help them. If you suspect someone has alcohol poisoning please get help, you could save a life!

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How to Detect the Signs & Symptoms of Alcohol Poisoning

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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.

Tip
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.

Did You Know?
Each year an estimated 1,700 college students ages die from alcohol-related injuries.

EMS Alcohol Poisoning Treatment | DT's

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How to Handle Alcohol Poisoning

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How to Handle Alcohol Poisoning

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Alcohol poisoning can be fatal if left untreated. Find out what to do if you suspect someone has alcohol poisoning.

Warning
Don’t drink unless you’re of legal age. Drink responsibly, and never drink and drive.

Step 1: Call 911
Call 911 immediately if you suspect someone is suffering from alcohol poisoning. Alcohol depresses the central nervous system. If someone has been drinking heavily and loses consciousness, get emergency help.

Tip
Alcohol poisoning symptoms include slow and shallow breathing, a slow pulse rate, and cold, clammy skin that appears pale or bluish.

Step 2: Don’t leave
Stay with the person. Never leave an unconscious person suffering from alcohol poisoning alone. Alcohol poisoning impairs a person’s gag reflex and they could choke on their own vomit or inhale vomit into their lungs.

Step 3: Place the person on their side
Roll or push the sufferer onto their side and bend their knees. This posture can help prevent choking, which is of special concern if the person vomits.

Step 4: Loosen clothing
Loosen the clothing around the person’s neck and chest to allow them to breathe freely. Closely monitor the person’s breathing.

Step 5: Check for obstructions
Check the person’s mouth for potential obstructions to easy breathing. People suffering from alcohol poisoning already have difficulty breathing, and further complications can result in death.

Step 6: Perform CPR
Perform CPR on the victim if their breathing stops or you can’t find a pulse. Always drink in moderation so you don’t suffer alcohol poisoning.

Did You Know?
Prohibition in the United States began at midnight on January 16, 1920.
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Alcohol Poisoning

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On this edition of the www.firstaidshow.com we look at the problem of Alcohol poisoning and the first aid treatments needed. See the website for more information.

Having a drink in itself is not usually a problem but when taken in excess it can lead to alcohol poisoning. Alcohol has a chemical name of ethanol, which is a drug that depresses the activity of the central nervous system and in particular, the brain.

Alcohol comes in many forms and strengths from beers or wines to spirits and medical alcohol.

As someone drinks, the effects start to take effect in the person and can cause personality changes, dizziness, nausea, vomiting and tiredness. An excessive or prolonged consumption can severely impair all physical and mental functions, and the person may sink into deep unconsciousness which can be difficult to wake them from. This is where is it getting a serious problem as in certain circumstances can lead to death.

The risks from alcohol poisoning include:

An unconscious casualty risks inhaling and choking on vomit
Alcohol widens or dilates the blood vessels. This means that the person loses heat, and hypothermia may develop
And a casualty who smells of alcohol may be misdiagnosed and not receive appropriate treatment for an underlying cause of unconsciousness, such as a head injury, stroke, or heart attack.

When you come across a person there may be a strong smell of alcohol and other things near them like empty bottles, cans or they may be in a pub or club.
When you try to talk to them they may not respond and they may look flushed and their breathing may be deep and noisy. If you can check their pulse it may be full and bounding and they may be difficult to wake or get any response from them.
As time passes their breathing will become shallow and the pulse becomes weak and rapid. Their pupils will become dilated and not react very well to light.

If you suspect alcohol poisoning, try to put them in the recovery position and keep the airway open to allow vomit to pass out without causing choking. Get emergency medical help and contact he Police incase they or people around them become violent.

Try and keep them warm by placing a coat or blanket over them and monitor their vital signs to ensure that they do not stop breathing when you would need to start CPR.

DO NOT induce vomiting but if they are sick ensure that you avoid coming into contact with their the vomit and turn them on their side to ensure that it does does not block their airway.

ALCOHOL POISONING Symptoms, Causes & Treatments

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ALCOHOL POISONING
Symptoms, Causes & Treatments

OVERVIEW
Alcohol poisoning can occur when a person drinks large quantities of alcohol, including beer, wine, and liquor, in a relatively short time. As the amount of alcohol in the bloodstream increases, the liver can’t break down the alcohol and remove its toxins from the blood quickly enough.
The excess alcohol acts as a depressant and causes parts of the brain that control vital body functions–including breathing, heart rate, blood pressure, and temperature–to shut down. The blood alcohol content can continue to rise 40 minutes after the last drink, as alcohol in the stomach and intestines continues to enter the bloodstream.
SYMPTOMS
Symptoms of alcohol poisoning include:

• Strong odor of alcohol.
• Confusion or disorientation.
• Lack of coordination and/or an inability to walk.
• Dulled responses.
• Cold, clammy skin.
• Bluish skin, especially around the lips or under the fingernails.
• Irregular pulse and/or slow heart rate.
• Urinary and/or fecal incontinence (unable to control bowel or bladder).
• Hypothermia.
• Vomiting and/or choking.
• Difficulty remaining conscious.
• Unconsciousness or semi-consciousness.
• Irregular breathing (10 seconds or more between breaths).
• Slow breathing (fewer than 8 breaths a minute).
• Seizures.

HOW MANY DRINKS CAN CAUSE ALCOHOL POISONING?
Binge drinking – defined as five or more drinks for a man and four or more drinks for a woman in a relatively short span – is a common cause of alcohol poisoning. Binge drinkers have an average of eight drinks on each binge.

TREATMENTS
At the hospital, medical staff have several options for treating alcohol poisoning, including the following:

• Intravenous (IV) fluids containing vitamins and glucose to stop dehydration and increase blood sugar.
• Oxygen therapy or the insertion of a tracheal tube into the windpipe for patients who are having trouble breathing.
• Flushing the stomach with a nasogastric tube to clear toxins from the body.
• Hemodialysis, which removes toxins from the blood.

In life-threatening cases, medical staff might pump the stomach with a nasogastric tube to suction out any alcohol.
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