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Dealing with Alcohol Emergencies

How to Spot Danger: Symptoms of Alcohol Poisoning

  • Unresponsiveness-the person cannot be awakened
  • Skin is cold, clammy, pale or bluish color
  • Breathing difficulties-shallow or slow breathing
  • Vomiting while unresponsive means danger or choking

Caring for Someone who is Intoxicated

  • If someone is showing signs of alcohol poisoning, they need immediate medical assistance. Call 911 or transport them immediately to the hospital.
  • Stay with the person - don't leave them alone. They may be more drunk than they appear and may become unconscious or injure themselves.
  • Have the person lie on their side to reduce risk of choking.
  • Give them water to drink if they are awake and not vomiting.
  • Only time will sober them up, not exercise, coffee, a cold shower, etc.
  • Do not give them aspirin, ibuprofen, or acetaminophen.
  • Call the Student Health Center at 458-8401 for advice if you're not sure what to do.