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.