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Alcohol Overdose: What to do?

Discussion in 'General Substance Abuse Discussion' started by Nick W., Oct 20, 2014.

  1. Peninha

    Peninha Community Champion

    So how did he get out of it wow? He went to counseling just because of that situation?

    I don't think embarrassment plays a role here, we just want to change our lives or not.
  2. Gelsemium

    Gelsemium Community Champion

    The issue is that alcohol is sometimes as dangerous and addicting as some drugs, but as it's socially accepted people drink and drink until it's too late. The awareness of alcohol really needs to change.
  3. jeremy2

    jeremy2 Community Champion

    There's this one time i overindulged when i was in college, i sort of got carried away, and the last thing i remember before i blacked out is trying to get off my chair and hitting the floor hard! I think in most cases the best way to act in that situation is to let the victim sleep it off in a safe place where they won't be prone to injuries like a low lying bed in case of a fall. It would also be helpful if you positioned them in a recovery position.
  4. Peninha

    Peninha Community Champion

    I don't know if letting it sleeping it off is safe because there just might be too much alcohol in the blood and that could be causing damages. Sometimes pumping the stomach is necessary.
  5. sammy

    sammy Active Contributor

    I think colleges need to be way more proactive then they are in providing students education and information about what alcohol poisoning is, how to spot it, and what to do to get help. Just a few years ago, I can remember talking to some college age kids in our neighborhood and they had never heard of alcohol poisoning and actually thought I was joking. I was really shocked.
  6. Gelsemium

    Gelsemium Community Champion

    In a way it's good that they never heard of it sammy, it just means that they are away from that reality, on the other hand it can be dangerous because that could happen to them one day.
  7. Peninha

    Peninha Community Champion

    I don't know about that, I feel that the more awareness the better, ignorance doesn't lead us to good places usually so it's better that we are informed.
  8. Zyni

    Zyni Community Champion

    Oh my. Yes, it is a thing, and people do need to be more aware, especially young people. I agree that universities need to offer better education on such issues (they are centers for education after all).

    Another thing... I always find it weird that alcohol is seen as being more "acceptable" when it can be just as dangerous, if not more so, than other drugs.
  9. Gelsemium

    Gelsemium Community Champion

    That is the deal Zyni, governments and public companies that receive millions from selling alcohol say it's acceptable, it's all about the money sadly.
  10. gokoko

    gokoko Member

    Thanks for posting this. It's so important to recognize these symptoms in the event that it happens to a friend or love one. Even as a sales associate at walmart, I'd like to know that I could recognize that someone is in danger of a drug overdose. This could mean saving a life.
  11. s2chenrn

    s2chenrn Member

    We commonly see this predicament in clubs at night. People get too much fun and get drunk and excited. Whenever there is fun, drinking ensues. And that is where trouble kicks in. To deal with this you have to have at least one trusted friend who you could rely on if ever this will happen to you. That way, you wouldn't experience any type of danger in situations that you might face.
  12. Nikkishea21

    Nikkishea21 Active Contributor

    This is valuable information here and it is important that we take note of these things because we never know when we might be in a position where we need to remember such things.
  13. Nate5

    Nate5 Active Contributor

    I definitely agree. There is nothing wrong with drinking and having a good time. But, safety measures should definitely be in place, and students need to recognize that alcohol overdose can happen and it can be fatal. We need to be educated more on the signs, and to be more alert at parties or gatherings.
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  14. NikkiDesrosiers

    NikkiDesrosiers Senior Contributor

    Thank you so much for sharing this. So many people overdose on alcohol under this misconstrued idea that it is not a drug and the worse that can happen is that you can get really drunk - when this is simply just not the case. People need to be more wary of how much of this substance they are actually consuming and the impending danger they are actually putting themselves in.
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  15. rga1999

    rga1999 Member

    This has to be one of the scariest situations to be a part of. Even though the first thought is not to do it, but have to call 911 and get some professional help. Not like college days where someone drank too much and you lay them on their side so they don't choke on there throw-up when sleeping. I am sure there were a few times we should have taken a kid to the hospital and didn't.
  16. mikeqin

    mikeqin Member

    Thanks for sharing the experience
  17. vamshkarreddy

    vamshkarreddy Member

    Hello, what I suggest you is, please avoid alcohol and spend time with your friends and participate in any activities that make your mind fresh, in that way you can avoid alcohol.
  18. juno

    juno Community Champion

    It depends on what state you are in, but schools do have a section on alcohol and drugs in health class in High School. It may be a good thing to implement in colleges as well, because many are foreign students and there are those who have not had the education.
  19. bluedressed

    bluedressed Community Champion

    Very very good point -- especially the one about telling them what you are going to do in a calm way. I wish I'd known that before -- someone I tried to help just lashed out at me very violently because he thought I was going to attack him and it got worse from there.

    I had no idea about the no food or drink thing. Not even water? What about giving them water after they puked?
  20. OhioTom76

    OhioTom76 Senior Contributor

    I'm fairly sure that if you need to call an ambulance on someone who as overdosed on alcohol, the cops aren't going to necessarily get involved unless you specifically call them to the scene. They may escort the ambulance to the hospital, but in that situation, I doubt they would be interfering with the paramedics to try and find out what age the person was.

    Getting charged with underage drinking is not a reason to not call an ambulance on someone who has overdosed. Life or death is far more important than a petty fine.

    I've gone to the hospital for seizures from drinking a number of times and only the paramedics were involved from what I recall.