When a substance is as widespread and accepted in virtually every social setting as alcohol, it can be difficult to remember the threat it poses when consumed in excess. Alcohol is a powerful drug, and its effects on the body as well as the mind are not to be taken lightly.
Beyond the more culturally visible problems of drinking and driving or alcoholism, acute alcohol poisoning is directly responsible for killing at least one person every week in the U.S., with 50,000 total cases reported by medical centers each year. Moreover, with almost 50% of college students reporting weekly binge drinking (more than five drinks in one sitting), it is apparent that some groups are at a considerably greater risk.
Recognizing the Signs of Alcohol Poisoning
In an environment in which binge drinking is the norm, it is all too easy for people to accept potentially fatal symptoms as commonplace or “no big deal.” Anyone who has friends or family members who drink on a regular basis should be aware of the following signs of possible alcohol poisoning:
- Confusion or stupor
- Significantly slowed breathing
- Pale or blue-tinged skin hue
- Hypothermia (low body temperature)
What to Do
A person need not exhibit all of the above symptoms before requiring medical attention. If the person is unconscious and cannot be roused, it is absolutely vital that you dial 911 immediately. Otherwise, your local poison control center can provide important information on how to care for a person with alcohol poisoning.
Even one night of too much alcohol can have serious consequences on your own life and those around you. If you or someone you know has been charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol, it is important to speak with an experienced legal representative as quickly as possible. Contact Rhode Island DUI defense lawyer Matthew Marin today at 401-287-4384.