How to Detect Alcohol Poisoning

Knowing the Signs Can Save a Life

When you are drinking with your friends at a social gathering, a few drinks can quickly turn into more than you thought you would drink. The next thing you know, or don’t know for that matter, is that you are blacking out. Binge drinking across the U.S. is a huge problem with a growing number of individuals consuming large amounts of alcohol is a short period of time. Not only is this hazardous to your health but it is also an extremely unhealthy lifestyle to lead and one that can land you in a dangerous scenario.

When an individual is under the influence of alcohol, they are more likely to engage in risky behavior such as a DUI. This, in turn, can be life-threatening and puts other people are harm as well.

Some common signs of alcohol overdose are:

    • Blue skin
    • Cold to the touch
    • Unsteady breathing patterns
    • Vomiting
    • Confusion
  • Unconsciousness

If the individual is vomiting, it’s vital that you hold them up in an upright position as they can choke on their vomit if they are laying down.

Since alcohol is considered a depressant, it will continue to metabolize alcohol even once the individual has reached the level of alcohol poisoning, worsening the condition. If you notice that someone is experiencing symptoms of alcohol poisoning, it’s important to get them immediate help. Call the ambulance and stay by their side until they have arrived and the individuals are taken away safely.

It’s important to speak to the individual and explain to them the dangers of their actions. Addressing the core part of the issue is essential to a full recovery and if you feel as though the individual may be struggling with an alcohol issue, it’s important that they seek help right away.

The Harms of Alcohol Abuse

The continued abuse of alcohol can lead to developmental issues, especially in those who drink underage. Binge drinking and alcohol poisoning have become an increasing problem in college students, many of them not even legally permitted to consume alcohol.

The pattern of heavy drinking is one that can have detrimental effects on your health. Prolonged drinking will deteriorate both your mental health as well as your physical health and will hinder your ability to be a productive individual. Heavy drinkers will find it difficult to keep a steady job as their addiction or dependency on alcohol has become a priority. It is hard to keep a steady and well-rounded relationship when you are a heavy drinker as many significant others will not tolerate this sort of behavior.

Some individuals may think that they have a high tolerance level for alcohol and continue to drink until they have reached a highly intoxicated level. This is a dangerous pattern of drinking as if can lead you to alcohol poisoning.

Getting Help

Close to 2,500 individual lose their lives every year as a result of alcohol poisoning; do not become part of this statistic. It’s important that if you are struggling with alcohol abuse or addiction that you seek the professional help of an addiction treatment center. A treatment program can help you successfully overcome alcohol abuse so that you can begin to lead a more productive and fulfilled life.


If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.

About the Author

is a proud alumni member of WhiteSands Treatment. After living a life of chaos, destruction and constant let downs, Mark was able to make a complete turnaround that sparked a new way of life. He is serious about his recovery along with helping others. At WhiteSands Treatment, we offer support to you in your homes or when you are out living in your daily lives.