• Identifying Alcohol Poisoning
    Critical Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol Poisoning
    · Mental confusion, stupor, coma, or inability to wake up
  • · Vomiting
  • · Seizures
  • · Slow breathing (fewer than 8 breaths per minute)
  • · Irregular breathing (10 seconds or more between breaths)
  • · Hypothermia (low body temperature), bluish skin color, paleness

Although many people enjoy moderate drinking, defined as 1 drink per day for women or 2 for men, drinking too much can lead to an overdose. An overdose of alcohol occurs when a person has a blood alcohol content (or BAC) sufficient to produce impairments that increase the risk of harm. Overdoses can range in severity, from problems with balance and slurred speech to coma or even death. What tips the balance from drinking that has pleasant effects to drinking that can cause harm varies among individuals. Age, drinking experience, gender, the amount of food eaten, even ethnicity all can influence how much is too much.

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