Alcohol poisoning is the result when someone ingests too much alcohol for the body to handle. This means that the person may suffer from severe mental and physical impairment and may even fall unconscious. When this occurs the person runs the risk of inhaling and choking on their own vomit or they may suffer from a related illness such as hypothermia. This may occur as alcohol causes the body to lose heat and is a high risk if the person is found outdoors. If there is a strong smell of alcohol from the patient and they appear to rouse from an unconscious state but quickly relapse, then there is a strong chance they are suffering from alcohol poisoning.
They may also have a strong pulse, a flushed face and be breathing heavily. If the patient is awake, cover them with a coat to keep them warm and ensure that they do not have any other injuries. Keep track of their pulse and breathing until you get them to a medical professional. If they are unconscious, open and clear the airway if necessary and check the person’s breathing. You may have to perform CPR if breathing slows or stops. However, if they are breathing normally, place them into the recovery position and call 999.
Alcohol and accidents
Alcohol poisoning is usually a result of excessive drinking and can result in serious injury due to physical impairment. You could easily slip, trip or fall and the mental impairments associated with excessive alcohol intake may mean that you do not notice how serious your injuries are. However, your accident may be caused by another person, for example if you suffer a head injury from slipping on wet floors or you trip over unsafe flooring. If you were not drinking or had very little to drink but were in a bar or club and suffered an accident, there may have been someone else at fault.
Should you have suffered an injury which results in medical treatment, you may be entitled to compensation. Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm which helps victims of accidents that were the fault of someone else. This could be an establishment or an employer who failed to teach staff appropriate health and safety to protect the public from injury. Give us a call to discuss your case.
Date Published: October 2, 2014
Author: David Brown