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What are the symptoms of alcohol poisoning?

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Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine
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In brief: Unresponsive

Alcohol poisoning essentially refers to so much alcohol in the system that normal bodily funtcions are disrupted.
In this condition a person is usually unresponsive or "passed out". In its most extreme state, alcohol poisoning can cause a person to stop beathing or to lose their gag reflex which can cause choking problems, particularly if vomiting occurs.

In brief: Unresponsive

Alcohol poisoning essentially refers to so much alcohol in the system that normal bodily funtcions are disrupted.
In this condition a person is usually unresponsive or "passed out". In its most extreme state, alcohol poisoning can cause a person to stop beathing or to lose their gag reflex which can cause choking problems, particularly if vomiting occurs.
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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
Addiction Medicine

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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