If the person is unconscious, semi-conscious, or unresponsive, check for these symptoms of alcohol or drug overdose: Cannot be roused and are unresponsive to your voice, shaking, or pinching their skin. Skin is cold, clammy, pale, bluish, and/or blotchy. Breathing is slow – eight or fewer breaths per minute.
Alcohol poisoning affects the body by: Slowing brain functions, starting with balance and coordination, but eventually affecting other body systems. Irritating the stomach and causing vomiting. Stopping gag reflex as muscles lose sensitivity and coordination, which can lead the individual to choke on their own vomit.
Emergency Action for Alcohol Poisoning Call 911 right away. Don’t leave the person alone. Try to keep them awake and sitting upright. Have them sip water if they’re awake. Cover them with a warm blanket. If they’re passed out, get them onto their side to keep them from choking on vomit.
Symptoms of alcohol overdose include mental confusion, difficulty remaining conscious, vomiting, seizure, trouble breathing, slow heart rate, clammy skin, dulled responses such as no gag reflex (which prevents choking), and extremely low body temperature.
What Can Happen to Someone With an Alcohol Overdose That Goes Untreated? Victim chokes on his or her own vomit. Breathing slows, becomes irregular, or stops. Heart beats irregularly or stops.
Management and Treatment IV fluids: Providers give intravenous (IV) fluids to treat dehydration. Fluids can also increase blood sugar levels. Oxygen: Providers can give oxygen using a nasal cannula (flexible tube clipped to the nose). They may put a small tube into the windpipe if a person has trouble breathing.
Blood: Alcohol is eliminated from the bloodstream at about 0.015 per hour. Alcohol can show up in a blood test for up to 12 hours. Urine: Alcohol can be detected in urine for up 3 to 5 days via the ethyl glucuronide (EtG) test or 10 to 12 hours via the traditional method.
Eat, Eat, EAT Eating is perhaps the most important way to flush alcohol out of your system. The toxins in alcohol can cause low blood sugar and even crashes, so it’s important to balance it out and get some food in your body. If you think you’re too nauseous to eat, try something light like eggs or crackers.
Here are some ways to minimize the nausea and side effects from vomiting: Drink small sips of clear liquids to rehydrate. Get plenty of rest. Refrain from “hair of the dog” or drinking more to “feel better.” Give your stomach and body a break and don’t drink again the night after a vomiting episode.
Alcohol poisoning vs. hangovers Alcohol poisoning symptoms come on while there’s a large amount of alcohol in your bloodstream. Hangover symptoms, on the other hand, begin once your blood alcohol level drops significantly. Unlike a hangover, alcohol poisoning can kill you.