All About Alcohol Poisoning

LifeGuard Breathalyzer helps avoid alcohol poisoning

Alcohol Poisoning occurs in different ways. It can be accidental as when a child consumes household products containing alcohol. However, the most common form of alcohol poisoning is drinking too much too quickly. Alcohol overdose kills. Alcohol overdose does not receive nearly the attention in the press that a DUI does but is all too common in both adolescents and adults.

When someone dies of alcohol poisoning one of two things usually happen. Either the depressant level of the alcohol was so high that the drinker stopped breathing and their heart stopped beating or they passed out and choked on their own vomit. Either way, many of these deaths are preventable through greater intoxication monitoring, alcohol education, and public awareness of the signs of reaction to the symptoms of alcohol overdose.

Prevent alcohol poisoning with a LifeGuard breathalyzer

What is Alcohol Poisoning?

Alcohol is a depressant which acts on the brain and central nervous system function. A lethal dose of alcohol will slow and eventually stop breathing. Death may also be hastened by a loss of the gag reflex which normally prevents one from choking on their own vomit. Even if death does not occur, an alcohol overdose can leave its victim with irreversible brain damage. It is a good idea to educate yourself, your family and your friends to recognize and react to the symptoms of alcohol overdose. Allowing an overdose victim to “sleep it off” can be deadly.

Lethal Dose Definition
A "lethal dose" is defined as the BAC level at which death from alcohol poisoning occurs in half the population. BACs in .4 - .5 range meet this criteria. A 100-pound woman who consumes 9-10 standard drinks in less than one hour would put themselves in the lethal dose range.

The Signs

Just as individual tolerances to alcohol differ, each and every sign of alcohol poisoning may not be present in every victim. However, any of the following should be cause for serious alarm.

What Should I Do?

The body metabolizes alcohol (ie. burns off) at roughly 1 drink per hour. Consuming at a faster rate will invariably cause your Breathalizer readings (your breath alcohol content) to increase. No amount of coffee, cold showers, exercise, water, or fresh air will negate the alcohol you have consumed. Only time will sober you up. If your BAC reading is over the legal limit of .08 never drive. And never assume your breathalyzer reading will fall immediately after you cease drinking.

Alcohol makes you feel warmer because it causes blood to rise to the skin's surface. However, when this happens, body temperature actually lowers because your body heat escapes more rapidly.

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