Ethanol Poisoning

"Ethanol poisoning is caused by drinking too much alcohol."
"Where Found: Alcohol beverages, including: beer, gin, vodka, wine, whiskey."
* Abdominal pain
* Coma
* Intestinal bleeding
* Moving from side to side
* Slowed breathing
* Slurred speech
* Stupor
* Unable to walk normally
* Vomiting
"Home care: If you can wake an adult who has drank too much alcohol, move the person to a comfortable place to sleep off the effects. Make sure the person won't fall or get hurt.
"Place the person on their side in case they throw up (vomit). DO NOT make the person throw up unless told to do so by a health care professional or Poison Control.
"Check the person frequently to make sure their condition does not get worse.
"If the person is not alert (unconscious) or only somewhat alert (semi-conscious), emergency assistance may be needed. When in doubt, call for medical help."
"Survival over 24 hours past the drinking binge usually means the person will recover."


"Ethanol Poisoning," MEDLINEplus Medical Encyclopedia, US National Library of Medicine (Bethesda, MD: American Accreditation HealthCare Commission, Feb. 3, 2009).