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Alcohol Poisoning Treatment

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Typically, the most difficult part concerning alcohol poisoning treatment is making the decision to seek immediate medical assistance by calling 911.

If someone who has been drinking excessively persists in falling asleep, waken him or her.

If the individual does not respond easily, it is time to call the police emergency number (911) and ask for immediate medical assistance.

Making the Decision To Seek Immediate Medical Help

Almost surprisingly, the most difficult aspect of saving someone from alcohol poisoning, interestingly, does not necessarily take place in the hospital Emergency Room.

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Nor does saving a person from alcohol poisoning usually involve complicated alcohol poisoning treatment.

In most instances, the hardest part of dealing appropriately with an alcohol overdose is making the decision to seek immediate medical help via calling 911.

The fear of embarrassment, public humiliation, possible legal repercussions (for instance, for underage drinkers), or a lack of knowledge about the symptoms and the seriousness of alcohol poisoning can lead to indecision, which can be fatal.

If someone who has been drinking heavily persists in falling asleep, waken him or her.

If the person does not respond easily, it is time to call the police emergency number (911) and ask for immediate medical assistance.

Another point that needs to be emphasized regarding alcohol poisoning is this: do not simply assume that the person will "sleep it off" or would prefer not to be disturbed.

Letting a person with alcohol poisoning sleep does two things.

First, it prevents him or her from getting the alcohol poisoning treatment he or she requires.

And second, it leads to the possibility that the person may never awaken.

Drinking Alcohol and The Influence of Other Drugs

Furthermore, getting the person home and in bed is not a solution, and may actually place the drinker at risk due to the fact that he or she is no longer being observed.

If you reasonably believe that other drugs were also ingested, be sure to tell the ambulance or medical personnel.

Alcohol when combined with other drugs, legal or illegal, accounts for approximately 33% of all drug overdose cases in the United States.

Alcohol Poisoning Treatment at the Hospital

After the call has been made for medical assistance and emergency medical services arrives on the scene, the person who is experiencing alcohol poisoning will almost always be rushed to a hospital.

At the hospital, alcohol poisoning treatment typically means that the individual's stomach will be pumped.

Also known as gastric lavage or gastric irrigation, pumping a person's stomach involves the passage of a tube via the person's mouth or nose down into the stomach, followed by the administration and removal of small amounts of saline.

This saline removal process is continued until the returning fluid is clear (which indicates that the stomach contains no further gastric contents).

Conclusion: Alcohol Poisoning Treatment

Usually, the hardest part regarding alcohol poisoning treatment is making the decision to seek immediate medical assistance.

For example, if a person who has been drinking heavily continues to fall asleep, waken him or her.

If the individual does not waken easily and continues to fall asleep, call the police emergency number (911) and ask for immediate help.

Unfortunately, a drinker who undergoes successful alcohol poisoning treatment does not imply that the he or she is free from alcohol problems.

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Indeed, if the person starts the negative cycle all over again and drinks excessively, he or she can once again experience another alcohol overdose.

In order to avoid this potentiality, the drinker either needs to always drink in moderation or totally abstain from drinking.

And if either of these options is too difficult for the person, he or she needs to get professional alcohol treatment.

If this describes you and if you are concerned about your drinking behavior, please call your local drug and alcohol treatment center today and make an appointment.

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