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Health Services

Alcohol Poisoning

Alcohol poisoning is a very serious and potentially life threatening situation. When a person is known to have consumed large quantities of alcohol in a short period of time and the person:

  • Is unconscious and cannot be woken.
  • Has cold, clammy unusually pale or bluish skin.
  • Is breathing slowly or irregularly - usually this means less than 8 times a minute or 10 seconds or more between any two breaths.
  • Vomits while passed out and does not wake up during or after

They are very likely suffering from alcohol poisoning.

If you think someone is suffering from alcohol poisoning don't worry about what the person will think when they sober up, do something right away!

Call Campus Safety X5566
If you are on campus call campus safety and use a land line instead of a cell phone if you can. This allows campus safety to immediately identify your location and help will arrive faster.

If you are off campus, call 911!

While waiting for emergency personnel, gently turn the intoxicated person on their side and maintain that position by placing a pillow in the small of the person's back. This is important to prevent aspiration (choking) should the person vomit. Stay with the person until medical help arrives.