Alcohol and Drug Education
Do you know?
What are the signs someone is suffering from alcohol poisoning?
- When someone seems confused, is in a stupor, or cannot be awakened (incoherent and/or non-responsive) - You Need to Act!
- When someone is vomiting or is having seizures - You Need to Act!
- When someone is breathing slowly or showing signs of irregular breathing - You Need to Act!
- If someone's body temperature is too cold, the person is turning blue or is uncharacteristically pale in color - You Need to Act!
- Alcohol can seriously and negatively interact with medication (including vitamin supplements and energy drinks)
What can happen to someone who is suffering from alcohol poisoning and doesn't receive help?
- A person can choke on their vomit and suffer from dehydration from vomiting
- A person's breathing can slow, become irregular, or just stop
- A person's heartbeat can become irregular, slow down, or stop
- If someone has passed out that person is in serious danger of dying
- A person's body temperature can become too low
- A person can suffer from seizures if their blood sugar level goes too low
- A person who doesn't have an advocate when suffering from alcohol poisoning can eventurally develop brain damage, and if left untreated, die
What can you do to help someone who is suffering from alcohol poisoning?
- Be aware of what the danger signs are for alcohol poisoning
- Don't just watch and wait - all the signs of alcohol poisoning don't have to be present for the person to be in serious danger
- Be an active bystander! Call Public Safety for help (518-783-2999). Do not hesitate because you don't want to get your friend into trouble. A person with alcohol poisoning IS already in trouble and EVERY SECOND COUNTS!