Beware of Alcohol Poisoning!

As mentioned in our last two posts (here and here), April is Alcohol Awareness Month! Today, we’re going to explore the scary topic of Alcohol Poisoning. What exactly is Alcohol Poisoning?

Alcohol poisoning is a serious — and sometimes deadly — consequence of drinking large amounts of alcohol in a short period of time. Drinking too much too quickly can affect your breathing, heart rate, body temperature and gag reflex and potentially lead to coma and death. (Mayo Clinic)

Many teens and adults think it’s amusing to “pass out” after drinking too much, but many of them do not realize how completely dangerous and reckless that is!! If a person passes out from drinking, most likely they are in danger of alcohol poisoning. The symptoms of alcohol poisoning are:

>> Mental confusion, stupor, coma, or person cannot be roused.
>> Vomiting.
>> Seizures.
>> Slow breathing (fewer than eight breaths per minute).
>> Irregular breathing (10 seconds or more between breaths).
>> Hypothermia (low body temperature), bluish skin color, paleness.

(From College Drinking Prevention)

Remember, Alcohol Poisoning could have devastating consequences and even lead to death! What should you do if you suspect you or a friend is suffering from Alcohol Poisoning?

“The National Health Service (NHS), UK, says that if you believe somebody is suffering from alcohol poisoning you should call for an ambulance, and provide the following assistance until it arrives:
>> Try to keep the individual awake
>> Try to keep them in a sitting position, not lying down
>> If they are able to take it, give them water
>> If the person is unconscious put them in the recovery position and check they are breathing
>> Don’t give them coffee, it will worsen their dehydration
>> Do not lie them on their back
>> Do not give them any more alcohol to drink
>> Do not make them walk”

(From Medical News Today)

Drinking to drunkenness is never a good idea, especially if done in a very short amount of time as it can lead to the very scary condition mentioned throughout this article! Rethink the drink and find safe ways to celebrate and have fun with your friends!

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How Alcohol Addiction Forms

ce198-istheredangerinwithdrawalfromalcohol252candwhat252cexactly252cisalcoholwithdrawalBecause April is Alcohol Awareness Month, we here at Rethink the Drink are bringing you a series of articles related to the devastating consequences of alcohol abuse in both minors and adults, hope for recovery, and ways in which you can be an example of sobriety and moderation to your community. The first article in this series is going to cover addiction. How does an alcohol addiction form? Before we get into that, however, it would probably be helpful to define “addiction”:

“Addiction is defined as the habitual compulsion to engage in a certain activity or utilize a substance, despite the potentially devastating consequences on the individual’s physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, and financial well-being.” (Treatment4Addiction)

Addictions can be formed with nearly any substance (and even some activities) because of the gratification the addicted person feels when using or experiencing the object of their addiction. With alcohol, addiction usually occurs for several reasons:

>> Drinkers enjoy the sensation of feeling “high”, heavily relaxed, or less stressed

>> Drinkers feel alcohol gives them a refuge from the stresses of living and a comfort in the midst of trouble

>> “Physical dependence occurs when an individual’s body develops a dependence on a certain substance and experiences withdrawal symptoms upon discontinuing the consumption.” (Treatment4Addiction)

Consequences from living a life of addiction can be devastating and even lead to death. Some of the most common consequences of alcohol addiction include:

>> Alcohol poisoning

>> Pancreatic and liver diseases

>> Heart disease

>> Dementia

>> Fatal overdose (often due to extreme alcohol poisoning)

>> Financial distress due to loss of employment or overspending on alcohol

>> Isolation from friends and family

>> Legal trouble due to DUI or alcohol-related accidents and incidents

Alcohol addiction is a serious problem that needs to be addressed immediately. If you or someone you know suffers from alcohol addiction, seek help immediately. There are a variety of recovery resources available to you in your local community and online. Here are some resources for alcohol addiction:


>> Types of Alcohol Addiction

>> Alcohol and Drug Addiction FAQs

Stay with us during Alcohol Awareness Month! Our next article will go into greater detail about the dangers of Alcohol Poisoning.

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