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Alcohol Poisoning (Definition)

Alcohol poisoning is also known as Alcohol intoxication. Alcohol poisoning is similar to other depressant overdoses, like barbiturates. It is a progression from sleepiness to sleep to coma, eventually with progressively slower and more shallow breathing, resulting in accumulation of fluid in the lungs, low blood oxygen and ultimately stoppage of the heart. It can also cause accumulation of acetone (ketoacidosis) similar to diabetes, ...Read more

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How much is the bill for alcohol poisoning for the ambulance ride and e.R. Treatment?

How much is the bill for alcohol poisoning for the ambulance ride and e.R. Treatment?

Worth it: While emergency treatment is expensive, alcohol poisoning can be highly dangerous, and evaluation and treatment is important. That being said, while costs vary widely from facility to facility, typical ed costs are in the 200-400 per visit range, but this does not account for any specialized treatment required. Ambulance fees are often in the 300-400 range, but can easily be higher depending. ...Read more

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Treating Food Poisoning (Checklist)

Go to ER/call Poison Control Center for antidote for serious cases
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If you're vomiting nonstop, go to the ER
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If you have diarrhea, eat something to stop water loss
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If you have excess dehydration, go to the ER for IV fluids
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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. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: alcohol poisoning?

Depressed breathing: Alcohol poisoning is similar to other depressant overdoses, like barbiturates. It is a progression from sleepiness to sleep to coma, eventually with progressively slower and more shallow breathing, resulting in accumulation of fluid in the lungs, low blood oxygen and ultimately stoppage of the heart. It can also cause accumulation of acetone (ketoacidosis) similar to diabetes, in some cases severe. ...Read more

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Treating Food Poisoning (Checklist)

Stay hydrated but avoid heavily sugared fluid repletion solutions
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Utilize a BRAT diet(bananas, rice, applesauce and toast)
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Seek help if you cannot keep food/liquids down
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Seek help if you have severe abdominal pain
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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Treating Accidental Poisoning (Checklist)

Call 911 and Poison control immediately
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Protect yourself from exposure if necessary
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Gather any evidence possible about poisoning or exposure
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Remember what and how much substance the person ingested or inhaled
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I'm still having trouble breathing after alcohol poisoning a few days ago, what could be wrong?

I'm still having trouble breathing after alcohol poisoning a few days ago, what could be wrong?

See your doctor: You may have aspirated (food or other material going down "the wrong tube" into the bronchi rather than the esophagus) which can result in pneumonia. You should be in a treatment facility right now, if you drank enough to poison yourself, rather than be at home. You have a severe drinking problem, and it requires help, but would seek medical attention asap right now for breathing problem. ...Read more

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