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August 16, 2021

Alcohol Overdose

Know the SIGNS 

Do you think dropping things and acting silly make you the "life of the party"? Vomiting and blacking-out are actually signs of alcohol poisoning.

Knowing what to look for and what to do can mean the difference between life and death. And we think that's an important thing to chat about!

SIGNS

  • Vomiting or passing out
  • Confusion, loss of coordination and balance
  • Low body temperature (chills, hypothermia)
  • Slow and irregular breathing (gaps for more than 10 seconds)
  • Very pale or blueish purple or grey with a green undertone
  • Unconsciousness

WHAT TO DO

  • Call 9-1-1 for help
  • Stay with them, do not leave them alone (even in their bed)
  • Talk to them and let them know who you are and what you are doing. Be calm as they may seem aggressive, but it is likely because they do not understand what is going on
  • If they are in the sun, move to the shade if you can. If they are cold, keep them warm
  • If they are awake, try to sit them up
  • If they are unconscious or semi-conscious, gently move them into the recovery position
  • Be prepared to give CPR if they stop breathing before help arrives and keep them safe from harm if they start to have a seizure
Illustration of a person laying down.
Recovery Position

1. Raise one arm. Roll them gently towards you 
2. Place their head in front of their arm (not on it) and tilt upwards
3. Tuck their other hand under their cheek
4. Keep checking on them and keep the airway open

#DrinkSmartTIPS

  • Drinking too much too quickly can lead to an overdose (BINGE DRINKING)
  • When there is so much alcohol in the bloodstream, your brain shuts down basic functions like: breathing, heartbeat and temperature
  • Your age, body type, speed of drinking, amount of food, even over-the-counter meds are all factors
  • Mixing substances (cannabis, opioids, medications) will increase your risks
  • Your Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) level will increase with each "Standard Drink" and only time can sober you up

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