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Alcohol Poisoning: A Medical Emergency
PASSING OUT DOESN'T MEAN SLEEPING IT OFF!
Over 1,700 college students die each year as a result of alcohol related causes, including alcohol poisoning. Knowing this information can help you identify the signs and symptoms of a potentially dangerous situation.
Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol Poisoning
What to look for:
- Person is unconscious or semi-conscious and cannot be awakened.
- Cold, moist, pale, or bluish skin.
- Slow, shallow breathing with ten seconds or more between breaths.
- Vomiting while "sleeping" or passed out, and not waking up after vomiting.
What you should do if you suspect someone has alcohol poisoning:
- Get help. Call 9-1-1.
- Do not leave the person alone. Turn the victim on his/her side to prevent choking in case of vomiting.
What you should NOT do:
- Don't assume your semi-conscious or unconscious friend will be OK sleeping it off.
- Don't let fear about how your friend may respond tomorrow prevent you from acting and getting help when they need it. It may be the greatest thing you could ever do in the name of friendship.
Emergency Contact Information:
- Emergency/Ambulance: 9-1-1
- CSUB Police: 661-654-2111
Visit Aware Awake Alive for additional information and resources regarding alcohol poisoning.