Alcohol Emergencies


If You Suspect Alcohol Poisoning:

  • Wake the person up. Call his or her name; shake; pinch skin. If the person doesn't respond, get help! 
  • Turn and keep the person on his or her side to prevent choking on vomit. 
  • Check the person's skin. IF SKIN IS PALE, BLUISH, COLD, OR CLAMMY, GET HELP IMMEDIATELY. 
  • Check the person's breathing. If it is irregular or too slow (less than 8 breaths per minute or more than 10 seconds between breaths), get help! 
  • If you discover any one of the above symptoms, stay with the person and call 911. It is important to get help immediately.

Caring for Someone Who Is Intoxicated:

Stay With The Person-They may be drunker than they appear and can become unconscious or fall out of bed.

Lie the Person On Their Side-Reduces risk of choking on vomit.

Give Water to Drink-If awake and not vomiting.

Only Time Will Sober Them Up-Do not give them coffee, ibuprofen, aspirin or put them in a cold shower.

Remember...Alcohol Overdose can be fatal. Call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room if you feel this is an emergency.