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What to do about alcohol poisoning?

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Go to a hospital: True alcohol "poisoning" is when you drink enough to not just fall asleep, but to go into a coma, and have your breathing slow down. You would not be typing your question online if you were alcohol poisoned. If you are drinking large amounts of alcohol regularly, you at greater risk of cirrhosis, heart damage, pancreatitis, many kinds of cancer and other complications than you are of poisoning.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of alcohol poisoning?

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Dr. Howard Greller
Emergency Medicine 23 years experience
Serious: Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant. Drinking too much can lead to a coma and loss of protective reflexes that prevent you from aspirating and keep you breathing. People can vomit and aspirate it into their lungs. They can be so drunk, they can stop breathing. These effects are magnified if alcohol is used with other meds that are sedating, like opioids or benzodiazepines. Be careful!
A 38-year-old member asked:

Does alcohol poisoning kill you?

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Psychiatry 32 years experience
Alcohol: Toxicity is lethal.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What are signs of alcohol poisoning?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Liver failure: Cirrhosis is classical, such as jaundice, large belly filled with fluid, etc. But, from the perspective of a neurologist, tremors , incoordination, gait imbalance, numbness, weakness, confusion, disorientation, epileptic seizures. Of course, coma, delirium. Sudden death. Not a pretty picture.
A 37-year-old member asked:

How does alcohol poisoning affect you?

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Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry 36 years experience
Confusion: Stupor, coma, vomiting, hypothermia, seizures, death. Nothing good!
A 40-year-old member asked:

What's considered alcohol poisoning?

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Dr. Evan Altman
Psychiatry 19 years experience
Life-threatening: The person consumed a toxic amount of alcohol usually over a short period. Their blood alcohol level (bal) is so high it is considered toxic (poisonous). Person may be extremely confused, unresponsive, disoriented, have shallow breathing, & can even pass out or go into a coma. Alcohol poisoning can be life-threatening and usually requires urgent medical treatment. The amount varies per person.

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