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Dr. Wm. Marcus Spurlock
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Poisoning (Definition)

Toxic ingestion (also called "poisoning") is a condition in which a person has eaten or drank a substance that causes ill symptoms or damage to his body. Taking an overdose of a medicine, taking any dose of a poison, drinking too much vodka, or accidentally drinking antifreeze. . . are all ...Read more


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How long does alcohol poisoning usually last?

How long does alcohol poisoning usually last?

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.

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How long do the effects of alcohol poisoning last?

How long do the effects of alcohol poisoning last?

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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My boyfriend is 43 & had a case of severe alcohol poisoning on Sunday. Was in icu. He came home Monday. How long will his symptoms last?

My boyfriend is 43 & had a case of severe alcohol poisoning on Sunday. Was in icu. He came home Monday. How long will his symptoms last?

Symptoms: You and your boyfriend need to see a Psychologist to help both of you understand what is happening and what will be done to get things back to normal! Please keep me posted. All should go well but I am not sure how long that will take. The Psychologist is usually excellent!

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My boyfriend drank a whole bottle of taquila and has alcohol poisoning. How long will it last?

My boyfriend drank a whole bottle of taquila and has alcohol poisoning. How long will it last?

Alcohol poisoning?: That depends on how long ago, what treatment he received, what his status is like now, & if he is under medical care. If not, please have him see a doctor asap.

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How long would I be out of work for alcohol poisoning?

How long would I be out of work for alcohol poisoning?

Please Clarify: That would all depend on what your symptoms are, how your liver responds and if you need to be detoxed or in alcohol treatment.

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Is alcohol poisoning a long painful death?

Is alcohol poisoning a long painful death?

Depends...: Dying of acute alcohol poisoning, as in the case of a youngster playing drinking games, is probably painless but is a terrible waste. Dying of the long-term effects of alcoholism involves either serious brain damage or the nausea, itching, and disfigurement of liver failure. Those who die of alcohol hurt others in the process and after. Thanks for choosing to use it wisely or not at all.

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What long term damage can alcohol poisoning cause?

What long term damage can alcohol poisoning cause?

Main problem would: Be brain damage. True alcohol poisoning is associated with unconsciousness and potentially slowing down of breathing, which can lead to lack of oxygen and brain damage. In addition, the high dose of alcohol can cause liver inflammation (hepatitis), pancreatitis, gastritis and other problems. If you drank to the point of poisoning, you have an alcohol problem, and should get professional help.

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For what length of time can alcohol poisoning last?

Until death-call 911: If you suspect someone has alcohol poisoning (not just a hangover), call 911. This is very serious and they need emergency attention right away. Do not leave an unconscious person alone.

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What long term affects of severe alcohol poisoning are common?

What long term affects of severe alcohol poisoning are common?

Death: Alcohol poisoning can result in death. Chronic alcohol dependency can adversely affect every organ in the body except the kidneys. Alcohol damages the heart, brain, liver, skin and even one's blood cells. Severe alcohol poisoning, as per your question, means to me, a very dire situation requiring both immediate and long-term interventions. Check out: www. Aa.Org. I suggest 90 mtgs in 90 days.

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Can be suffering from alcohol poisoning. I normally don again last night, so could this be alcohol poisoning?

Can be suffering from alcohol poisoning. I normally don again last night, so could this be alcohol poisoning?

No: Alcohol poisoning is the same as passing out drunk, except that you don't wake up. If people drink too much too fast they fall asleep and gradually slow down their breathing until they stop, and then their heart stops. Or, they vomit and aspirate and that causes pneumonia and low blood oxygen. Death can occur, and people who survive may have brain damage from prolonged lack of oxygen. Get help.

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I'm in so much pain can't sleep, what long term damage can alcohol poisoning cause?

I'm in so much pain can't sleep, what long term damage can alcohol poisoning cause?

Go to ER: Or see your doctor to diagnose and treat the cause if the pain, do not self medicate with alcohol.Alcohol poisoning can cause death brain, liver and kidney damage, pancreatitis. Gi bleeding........ S.

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Is it possible to get alcohol poisoning even though its been nine hours after your last drink?

Is it possible to get alcohol poisoning even though its been nine hours after your last drink?

Alcohol poisoning: If the total amount accumulated is such that it overwhelm the body capacity to digest it, consequences can last days or kill acutely.

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I drank WAY too much last night and was throwing up so much that I ended up throwing up blood. Did I have alcohol poisoning?

I drank WAY too much last night and was throwing up so much that I ended up throwing up blood. Did I have alcohol poisoning?

Vomiting blood: Less likely poisoning but the blood you vomited was likely due to stress on your GI tract from the act of vomiting. If this is continuing - See your PCP or go to the ER. Please avoid drinking in excess - not good for your liver. Drinking to excess can lead to alcohol poisoning.

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Last night I drank a six pack of hard cider myself. I woke up extremely dizzy with a massive headache should I go to the ER for alcohol poisoning?

Last night I drank a six pack of hard cider myself. I woke up extremely dizzy with a massive headache should I go to the ER for alcohol poisoning?

Extra fluid: The dizziness could be just residual from your intake last night. Also the headache. Best to try to replenish fluids today, take either aspirin or advil (ibuprofen) for the headache. By the afternoon you should be feeling better. If you have new or worsening symptoms, then consider medical care

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How can you tell the difference between a hangover and alcohol poisoning? I drank a lot last night. Symptoms: vomiting, rapid heart rate, weak/shaky

How can you tell the difference between a hangover and alcohol poisoning? I drank a lot last night. Symptoms: vomiting, rapid heart rate, weak/shaky

They can go together: You should have a physical exam to be sure your medical condition is stable. Depending on the amount and duration of your drinking as well as the exact nature of your symptoms some medication usually short term may be prescribed. Hopefully there will be a discussion of your drinking pattern and how it is impacting your life.

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What to do about alcohol poisoning?

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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What's considered alcohol poisoning?

What's considered alcohol poisoning?

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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What are signs of alcohol poisoning?

What are signs of alcohol poisoning?

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.

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Dr. Howard Greller
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Alcohol Poisoning (Definition)

Is a serious & sometimes fatal consequence of drinking large amounts of alcohol in short period of time. It affects your breathing, gag reflex & heart rate, leading to coma. Needs emergency medical treatment thru breathing support, ...Read more