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NJ Detox Centers | What are the Signs of Alcohol Poisoning?

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD By October 17, 2017
What can NJ detox centers do about alcohol abuse?

Some people drink for fun and other drink to relax. However a person chooses to drink, it is not uncommon for NJ detox centers to help people who push themselves and their drinking too far. If a person you care for experiences alcohol poisoning, the following are indicators that you should call for medical help.

Irregular or slow breathing – Alcohol shuts down the brain, which regulates breathing. Thus, irregular breathing is induced and can be a gap of more than 10 seconds between breaths.

Vomit and gastritis – The stomach lining is irritated by alcohol. It responds by producing even more acid, leading to a stronger irritation. This causes ulcers, acid reflux, and heartburn.

Slurred speech – Alcohol slows down the flow of information between nerve cells in the brain. It also reduces motor control, resulting in slurred speech.

Seizures – A dysfunctional pancreas and liver raise the risk of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). This low blood sugar can then cause seizures.

Pale skin – Alcohol widens blood vessels. This causes poor blood circulation and blue coloration of the skin. This can result in mass heat loss and hypothermia.

Can NJ detox centers help alcohol abuse?

If you come into contact with someone that is experiencing alcohol poisoning, call 911 immediately and keep the individual awake. Help him or her to stay in a sitting position or laid on their side. If they are able to drink water, then help them to drink it.

Do not leave someone to sleep off alcohol poisoning. Alcohol in the digestive system will continue to be absorbed and issues can occur during sleep. Do not give someone suffering alcohol poisoning coffee to “sober up.” This only further adds to the dehydration of alcohol. Most importantly, do not induce vomiting on an individual with alcohol poisoning, as it is a high risk choking hazard.

Contact NJ Detox Centers for Help with Alcohol Abuse

If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol abuse, the Discovery Institute can help. Contact us immediately for help with detox, intervention, and treatment programs designed for life-long recovery.

Article Reviewed by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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