Life-threatening signs of alcohol poisoning:
- Unconsciousness (passed out)
- Slow, shallow, or irregular breathing
- Hypothermia (low body temperature), bluish or pale skin color, cold or clammy
- Increased, decreased, or irregular pulse. Severe circulatory problems are indicated by an irregular pulse or a pulse above 100 or below 60 beats per minute
- Vomiting while semiconscious or unconscious
If a person appears to be unconscious, try to awaken the individual by gently shaking them and calling their name, if you know it. If the person does not respond, call 911.
Check to see if the person is breathing. If not, ask someone to 911. You should take these steps while waiting for the ambulance:
- Check to see if their airway is open.
- If the airway is blocked, establish an airway. If breathing does not resume immediately, give artificial ventilation.
- When paramedics arrive, share what care has been provided, the person’s condition, and the amount of alcohol consumed.
- Don't give food or drink
- Don't induce vomiting
- Don't leave the person alone
- Place the person on their side in the recovery position to prevent choking.