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Alcohol poisoning is characterized by the consumption of too much alcohol,
too fast. It acts as a poison to your body. Sometimes if an individual drinks
too much, they will pass out. This is their body's way of protecting itself
from absorbing any more alcohol. But when an individual drinks a lot very quickly,
they may not pass out in time. Instead they can actually go into a coma and
die. Alcohol poisoning is tragically common on college campuses and is often
associated with drinking games or buying shots or shooters for someone at a
Unconscious "sleeping"; the person cannot be woken Cold, clammy, pale or bluish skin
Slow breathing, less than 8 times per minute
Irregular breathing, with 10 seconds or more between breaths
Vomiting while "sleeping" or passed out, and not waking up after
If a person has any of these symptoms, they are likely suffering from alcohol
poisoning. It is important for them to receive medical attention immediately.
What To Do When Someone Has Alcohol Poisoning:
Call an ambulance.
Use the Bacchus Maneuver and roll the person into the recovery position to
prevent them from choking.
Do not leave the person alone. Stay with them and monitor breathing until medical
Don't take chances when a life is at stake. If you're not sure what to do,
it's always better to be safe than sorry. Even if the person is underage, get
help if you suspect alcohol poisoning.
If someone you know passes out from drinking too much, you can help by positioning
the person so they won't choke to death if they vomit.
The person may need more than just time to “sleep it off.” If
you are worried about the state they are in, get medical attention, especially
if you can't rouse them. They may have combined alcohol with drugs or have
a medical condition you're not aware of. They may need to be hospitalized.
Follow these steps to perform "The Bacchus Maneuver":
1. Raise the person's closest arm above his head. Prepare to roll him / her
2. Gently roll as an unit. Guard his / her head as you roll him / her.
3. Tilt head to maintain airway. Tuck nearest hand under cheek to help maintain
4. Check him / her often.
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