How to Detect the Signs & Symptoms of Alcohol Poisoning

Posted on March 27, 2017 By

How to Detect the Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol Poisoning. 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 and prompt medical attention. Step 1. Take note if the victim is vomiting. Although it could be an upset stomach, it could also indicate a more serious problem. Step 2. 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 for slow or irregular breathing. Eight breaths per minute or less is considered slow. Step 4. 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, which are caused by either dehydration or hyperglycemia. Step 6. 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.

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