What is Alcohol Poisoning?

Alcohol poisoning (or alcohol overdose) is a medical emergency. If you see someone passed out and unresponsive or you suspect someone has overdosed on alcohol, it is your responsibility to get help by calling 911 immediately.

Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol Overdose

  • Mental confusion, coma, inability to wake up
  • Vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Slow breathing (<10 breaths/minute)
  • Irregular breathing (=10 seconds between breaths)
  • Low body temperature, bluish skin color, paleness

While Waiting for Emergency Personnel

  • Keep an unconscious person on their side to keep them from choking if they vomit.
  • Cooperate with emergency medical personnel or police, and give them accurate information.
  • Don't worry about getting in trouble; your friend's life is more important. Minnesota has a Medical Amnesty Law to limit consequences for minors who call for emergency assistance, so people at risk for alcohol overdose receive prompt medical attention.