Student Health Services Alcohol Poisoning

Symptoms of alcohol poisoning:

  1. Person is unconscious or semi-unconscious and cannot be awakened. 

  2. Cold, clammy, pale or bluish skin.

  3. Check to see if breathing is slow, less than eight times per minute or irregular, with ten seconds or more between breaths.

  4. Vomiting while sleeping or passed out, and not waking up after vomiting.

What To Do: 

If a person has any of these symptoms, he or she is suffering from alcohol intoxication and you need to:

  1. Get help. Call someone a staff mentor, an ambulance, public safety, someone who can help.

  2. Do not leave the person alone. Turn the victim on his/her side to prevent choking in case of vomiting.

  3. Always be "better safe than sorry" if you are not sure what to do. How can your friend be angry about you caring for him or her?