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for how long does alcohol poisoning last?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
A few hours...: ...Or until death, whichever comes sooner.
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Depends : If you are truly poisoned, it is a medical emergency associated with slowed breathing, hypothermia and potentially death. A alcohol-naive person may be poisoned at a level of 200 mg%, and that may take 15-20 hours to get down to zero, although people will wake up after it is down below 120 mg% or so. Higher levels (like 300-400 mg%) take over 24 hours to metabolize if they havent killed you.

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A 29-year-old member asked:

What does "alcohol poisoning" mean - does it mean that the alcohol went bad?

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Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
No: Alcohol "poisoning" refers to drinking so much alcohol (or enough alcohol too quickly) that the person becomes unconscious / unresponsive.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

How long does alcohol poisoning usually last?

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Dr. Wm. Marcus Spurlock
Preventive Medicine 40 years experience
Alcohol Toxins: It depends. Small cases will go away fairly quickly. Extreme cases can lead to death. Many people do permanent brain damage from chronic overuse of alcohol, which cannot be recovered from. All alcohol, if consumed at all, should be done very moderately. Overuse is never okay.
A 52-year-old member asked:

What can you do for someone that has alcohol poisoning and your waiting for the paramedics?

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Dr. Holly Barth
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General Practice 9 years experience
Stay with them: As you mentioned, calling for emergency help is first and most important thing to do. While waiting, stay with the person. Try to keep them upright in a sitting position. If they vomit, you do not want them to choke on it-that is probably the most important thing to do while waiting for help to arrive.
Dr. Donald Vierling
Wound Care 46 years experience
Also, try to keep them awake and active, talking.
Feb 2, 2012
A 42-year-old member asked:

What're the symptoms of alcohol poisoning and exsanguination?

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Dr. Kevin Passer
Child Psychiatry 35 years experience
Completely different: Alcohol poisoning can cause respiratory depression and can lead to death. Exsanguination is really something all together different and means bleeding out, or bleeding to death.
A 34-year-old member asked:

How long do the effects of alcohol poisoning last?

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Depends on levels: A naive individual who drinks as little as a pint of 80 proof liquor (chugging, as in fraternity/sorority hazings) may die with an alcohol level of 250 mg%. More tolerant individuals may need alcohol levels two to three times that level to experience poisoning. Alcohol is metabolized at 10-15 mg%/hour, so about a day would be required to fully metabolize a level of 300 mg%.

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