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Dr. William Drescher
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What is the best treatment for alcohol poisoning?

What is the best treatment for alcohol poisoning?

A trip to the ER: Alcohol poisoning is a medical emergency that requires an immediate trip to the er. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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If someone is suffering from alcohol poisoning, why is it a treatment option to use very dilute ethanol?

If someone is suffering from alcohol poisoning, why is it a treatment option to use very dilute ethanol?

It isn't: that I know of. If someone is coming out of alcohol poisoning and is beginning to experience alcohol withdrawal, there are some doctors who will treat it with a 5% alcohol solution intravenously. However, several studies and meta-analyses of studies have argued strongly against using alcohol to treat alcohol withdrawal. If poisoned with wood or rubbing alcohol, alcohol may be a useful treatment. ...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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What are the symptoms of alcohol poisoning?

What are the symptoms of alcohol poisoning?

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! ...Read more

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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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Which sort of symptoms is one likely to have after alcohol poisoning?

Which sort of symptoms is one likely to have after alcohol poisoning?

A hangover: Lack of energy, appetite. Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea are not uncommon. If you are shaky, feel your heart beating very fast, have any blood in your stool or very black stools, you should seek care very soon. Other health problems relate to how often and how much you are drinking. The best plan is stopping completely, and if not, periodically enjoying in moderation. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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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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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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What are symptoms for alcohol poisoning, what are they and how do you find them?

What are symptoms for alcohol poisoning, what are they and how do you find them?

Alcohol poisioning: 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, I.V. Fluids & vitamins. ...Read more

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How can a person tell if they have alcohol poisoning?

How can a person tell if they have alcohol poisoning?

Serious condition: That could lead to death. Excessive drinking will effect your breathing, heart rate and blood pressure that is consider medical emergency. Major treatment is observation for airway deficiency and potential choking. Prevention is a key. Drink in moderation. ...Read more

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