Alcohol Poisoning & Intoxication

What 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 a coma and death. Alcohol poisoning can also occur when adults or children accidentally or intentionally drink household products that contain alcohol.

A person with alcohol poisoning needs immediate medical attention. If you suspect someone has alcohol poisoning, call for emergency medical help right away.

Alcohol Poisoning Signs and Symptoms

Some symptoms start mild and grow worse. Signs of alcohol poisoning include smelling like alcohol, confusion or slurred speech and damp or clammy skin. Some symptoms of alcohol poisoning are more serious and can include:  

    • Poor coordination or stumblingSevere confusion
    • Trouble staying awake
    • Throwing up
    • Seizures
    • Slow breathing (fewer than eight breaths per minute)
    • Long pauses between breaths (10 seconds or more)
    • Very slow heartbeat
    • Low body temperature
    • Bluish or pale skin
    • Slow responses (such as gag reflex)


Alcohol Poisoning Treatment Options

In an emergency setting, they may also:
Give you fluids through an IV
Give you extra oxygen to help you breathe
Remove toxins from your blood

Seeking Immediate Care, What to Expect

When you visit one of our iCare Emergency Room & Urgent Care locations, our team of exceptional and experienced physicians will immediately assess your situation, provide life saving intervention if needed and provide a physical examination. Our medical team, led by an experienced ER physician may perform laboratory testing from our on-site lab. Once you are diagnosed, a treatment plan will be provided based on severity of your condition and symptoms. In the event that a patient requires hospitalization or other procedures that we do not offer at iCare, we are able to transfer them to a hospital for admission.

Disclaimer: If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 9-1-1 or go to your nearest emergency room. All website content is available for informational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice.