Alcohol poisoning is the consequence of drinking large amounts of alcohol in a short period of time. Drinking too much too quickly. Food can take hours to digest whereas alcohol will be absorbed by your body quickly and will take a lot more time for your body to get rid of. Most alcohol is processed by the liver and in general, it can take about an hour for the liver to metabolize the alcohol in one drink.
Alcohol overdoses can range in severity, from problems with balance and slurred speech to coma or even death. Alcohol poisoning occurs when the bloodstream contains too much alcohol which affects the basic body functions like breathing, heart rate, temperature control, and gag reflex. In the presence of too much alcohol, these body functions become less responsive and can shut down.
Alcohol poisoning is a serious matter it could lead to death. If you suspect a person has alcohol poisoning get help right away by calling Emergency 9-1-1 or a poison control center to get help as fast as possible. If you know the amount and what kind of alcohol the person drank tell the emergency service you are contacting.
There are so many wrong ideas of what to do in this situation, there are certain things that should NEVER be done so be aware of what NOT to do.
It can be difficult to judge whether or not a person has drunk too much alcohol and is in need of medical assistance. Being afraid to ask for help because of uncertainty can have lasting consequences so do not hesitate, call 911 for help.
Depending on the blood alcohol levels and severity of symptoms, a person may be treated by a Healthcare professional in different ways. They may include;
There are many good alcohol addiction treatment programs available. Talk with our alcohol addiction counselor for assistance. He or she can propose the right facility for you or someone close to you. Simply dial our toll-free number or request a callback. A counsellor is standing by to help you.