Acute Alcohol Intoxication

Symptoms of alcohol poisoning:

  • Unable to stand or walk, or can only do so with difficult
  • Only vaguely aware of his surroundings
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Passed out or in a stupor
  • Feverish or chilled
  • Difficulty speaking or identifying oneself to others; obnoxious or unruly
  • Consumed—or chugged—a large quantity of alcohol, or ingested other sedating or tranquilizing drugs
  • Repeated episodes of vomiting
  • Unconscious or semi-conscious
  • Slowed or irregular breathing (eight or less breaths per minute) or lapses in breathing of more than 10 seconds
  • Cold, clammy or pale/bluish skin
  • Vomiting while “sleeping” or passed out, and not waking up after vomiting

Appropriate Action

If you encounter a person who exhibits one or more of these symptoms, call NDSP at 574-631-5555. If you’re off-campus, call 911. While waiting for medical transport, gently turn the intoxicated person on their side and maintain that position by placing a pillow in the small of the person’s back to prevent aspiration should they vomit. Stay with the person until medical help arrives.

Campus Resources

National Resources