Alcohol Poisoning: Life-Saving Facts You Need To Know

Alcohol poisoning occurs when a person consumes an excessive amount of alcohol. Alcohol can depress or stop nerve signals that control breathing and the gag reflex that prevents choking; alcohol poisoning is a serious condition that can lead to irreversible brain damage or death if not treated immediately.

Signs of alcohol poisoning include:

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• Vomiting. An unconscious person could choke and suffocate from vomiting.
• Confusion.
• Passing out, coma, or inability to awaken the person.
• Seizures.
• Slow breathing-fewer than 8 breaths per minute.
• Irregular breathing-10 seconds or more between breaths.
• Low body temperature (hypothermia), bluish skin, and paleness.