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What is alcohol poisoning?

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Alcohol poisoning is the potentially fatal result of drinking excessive amounts of alcohol in a short period of time. It is caused by alcohol slowing down the body's functions (for example, breathing, heart rate, and gag reflex), thereby potentially leading to choking, coma, stopped breathing, stopped heart, and death. Treatment involves getting the person to the hospital immediately so he or she can be closely watched by medical professionals, given oxygen and fluids, and so that other measures can be taken in order to prevent choking, as well as stopped breathing or heartbeat.

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Alcohol depresses the central nervous system. Consuming large amounts of alcohol in a brief period of time prohibits the body’s ability to process it. While having a high blood alcohol content or BAC, over a certain level is “legally drunk” the health risks of alcohol poisoning far surpass any legal trouble the individual may create for themselves. Even if it only happened one time, it could result in alcohol poisoning, loss of consciousness, respiratory failure, coma and death.


Furthermore, individuals who binge drink on a regular basis put themselves at an even higher risk for health complications including liver disease, cirrhotic Ascites, brain disease, high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke.


Women who become pregnant and struggle with alcohol abuse put their unborn babies at risk for developing fetal alcohol syndrome – a condition of physical and mental defects that have been associated with women’s consumption of alcohol during pregnancy.


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