Alcohol Poisoning Symptoms, Intoxication and Treatment
Alcohol poisoning or alcohol intoxication as it is sometime called happens when the liver can no longer process the alcohol consumed. It can be really dangerous and happens due to alcohol overdose and can even result to death if extreme amounts of ethanol alcohol are consumed and remains within the body system.
In addition, alcohol is a depressant that can slow down the body’s vital functions which can eventually lead to comatose or death. To prevent such occurrence, it would be advisable to know the different alcohol poisoning symptoms.
There are different factors that can affect alcohol poisoning like the amount of alcohol consumed, an individual’s tolerance regarding alcohol, the type of alcohol consumed and many more. However, they usually exhibit the same alcohol poisoning symptoms.
The most critical of these alcohol poisoning symptoms include mental confusion, loss of consciousness, vomiting, seizures, respiratory depression, blue tinged skin or paleness, absent reflexes and hypothermia. These alcohol poisoning symptoms are usually indicative of an emergency medical procedure that needs medical attention as soon as possible.
Once these alcohol poisoning symptoms are identified, it would be best to call for emergency help as soon as possible. But for the mean time that the ambulance is on its way towards the emergency situation, it would be best to try to make the most out of the situation and find ways to revive the intoxicated individual. These can include trying to wake up the unconscious individual or by putting them on their sides to prevent them from choking in their own vomit.
The alcohol poisoning symptoms are treated in the hospital by way of gastric lavage or irrigation by which the stomach’s content are expelled out through a tube that was inserted through the individual’s nose or mouth. Saline would be continuously administered and removed via the tube until all the returns would be clear indicating the stomach free from its gastric contents.
Repercussions of Untreated Alcohol Poisoning Symptoms:
Some individuals usually hesitate to call for emergency help especially if it would involve underage drinking as these could mean a penalization for those who are either directly or indirectly involved with the drinking. However, it is also important to know that untreated alcohol poisoning symptoms could result in fatalities. An alcohol intoxicated person would not be able to “sleep it of” the drunkenness and the alcohol poisoning symptoms. Instead, the individual would more likely result into a comatose if left alone. In the lucky event that the individual would escape death, there is also a great possibility of brain damage especially if it took a while reviving the person.
It is therefore important to have an awareness regarding alcohol intoxication and the different alcohol poisoning symptoms. This is because awareness and knowledge of these things would mean individuals would avoid getting intoxicated when they know what the outcomes can be. In addition, knowing what to do would also be important as it may help save a life in the event of actual alcohol intoxication.