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.
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.