Tony's Tips - The
Truth About Alcohol Poisoning
Teach Your Teens & Yourself The Truth
About Alcohol Poisoning
Sophomore's death caused by alcohol poisoning, Hatchett
Alcohol Poisoning-Related Deaths on the Rise for Coeds,
A poster-sized portrait of a local teen hung in the frame
shop. Wedding pictures, graduation and baby photos surrounded
it. The poster had been made for the young man’s funeral. This
young man had gone off to college, participated in some drinking
game, got alcohol poisoning and died. A teen who hadn’t drunk
before made a stupid mistake and would never have the graduation
or life he and his parents had dreamed of.
Did you know that:
There are over
50,000 cases of alcohol poisoning are reported each year
(many/most don’t get reported)
1 in 1000 cases
of alcohol poisoning result in death; others have resulted
in brain damage
college students between 18 and 24 die from alcohol-related
injuries each year
people, 18 to 23 drank themselves to death from 1999 through
2005; 18 in 1999 to 35 in 2005 from alcohol poisoning
About half of the
teenagers who die from alcohol poisoning occur after
drinking alcohol for the first time.
drinking 21 shots on a 21st birthday, has proven especially
lethal. Of the college-age deaths that made news, 11 people,
including 8 college students, died while celebrating their
What is alcohol poisoning?
occurs when someone consumes a large amount of alcohol in a
nerves that control the body’s functions such as breathing
and the gag reflex (which prevents choking). A fatal dose of
alcohol will eventually stop these functions.
It is common for
someone who drank too much to vomit since alcohol is an
irritant to the stomach. If they vomit when unconscious they
could die by asphyxiation.
A person’s blood
alcohol concentration (BAC) can continue to rise even while
he or she is passed out. Even after they stop drinking,
alcohol in the stomach and intestine continues to enter the
bloodstream and circulate throughout the body. It is
dangerous to assume the person will be fine by sleeping it
When you hear about someone dying
from "alcohol poisoning," it usually means the person died in one of
the following ways:
The blood alcohol level was so high that it affected parts
of the brain and nervous system that control breathing,
heartbeat, and related body functions. The drinker died
because they stopped breathing and their heart stopped
beating, usually while unconscious.
They vomited while unconscious, inhaled the vomit, and
suffocated. There are also occasional reports of an
unconscious drinker choking on their own tongue.
The alcohol reacted in combination with some other drug -
over the counter, prescription, or illegal. These deaths can
happen at a relatively low blood alcohol level.
intoxicated person can also die of exposure, sometimes in
temperatures as high as 50 degrees F. Alcohol affects both
the heart and body temperature.
Critical Signs for Alcohol Poisoning
It’s important to know the signs of alcohol poisoning and the
treatment. You never know when you may be faced with an emergency.
Learning the symptoms and calling 911 is the difference between
someone “sleeping it off” and saving a life.
stupor, coma, or person cannot be roused
Slow breathing (fewer
than eight breaths per minute)
(10 seconds or more between breaths)
Hypothermia (low body
temperature), bluish skin color, paleness.
What Should I Do If I Suspect Someone
Has Alcohol Poisoning?
Common myths about sobering up include
drinking black coffee, talking a cold bath or shower, sleeping it
off, or walking it off. But these are just myths, and they don’t
work. The only thing that reverses the effects of alcohol is time –
something you may not have if you are suffering from alcohol
911 immediately. It is imperative to get the person to the
hospital as soon as possible so he or she can be closely watched
by medical professionals, given oxygen and fluids, and so that
other measures can be taken in order to prevent choking, as well
as stopped breathing or heartbeat.
waiting for the ambulance, keep the person warm, awake, and keep
their head up so that they don’t vomit.
What you can do to protect your
Talking to teenagers about alcohol abuse can be a touchy
subject, especially when there are so many negative influences
on television and from other media sources. Allow teenagers to
ask questions about alcohol, and explain that drinking
responsibly, if the decision to drink comes up, is the smart way
to what your teens have to say. They will have opinions about
alcohol. It's best to listen to their opinions and help them make
their best decisions.
already have learned the hazards of drinking too much since many have
been taught this at school. Set an example - yourself.
your teens are at night and on weekends. While you should know, being
too invasive can push your teen away or lead to acting out by drinking.
Set clear curfews any time your teen leaves the house. Get an address or
phone number for their destination if it is unfamiliar.
Let your teen
know that she or he can call you for a ride before driving or riding with
someone who has been drinking – no questions asked. Or give them car fare
home. Your major concern is that they stay alive.
your teen what makes a good friend. They may be pressured into over-drinking
by their friends in order to fit in. A good friend will never encourage them
to do anything they don't want to just to be popular or cool.
Give your teen
and your friends this article.
Something to think about:
accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible.
Who do you want
to be? “First say to yourself what you would be, and then do what you
have to do.”
We lose the fear
of making decisions, great and small, as we realize that should our choice
prove wrong, we can, if we will, learn from the experience.
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