Alcohol Intoxication

ExitCare ImageAlcohol intoxication occurs when you drink enough alcohol that it affects your ability to function. It can be mild or very severe. Drinking a lot of alcohol in a short time is called binge drinking. This can be very harmful. Drinking alcohol can also be more dangerous if you are taking medicines or other drugs. Some of the effects caused by alcohol may include:

  • Loss of coordination.

  • Changes in mood and behavior.

  • Unclear thinking.

  • Trouble talking (slurred speech).

  • Throwing up (vomiting).

  • Confusion.

  • Slowed breathing.

  • Twitching and shaking (seizures).

  • Loss of consciousness.

HOME CARE

  • Do not drive after drinking alcohol.

  • Drink enough water and fluids to keep your pee (urine) clear or pale yellow. Avoid caffeine.

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

GET HELP IF:

  • You throw up (vomit) many times.

  • You do not feel better after a few days.

  • You frequently have alcohol intoxication. Your doctor can help decide if you should see a substance use treatment counselor.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You become shaky when you stop drinking.

  • You have twitching and shaking.

  • You throw up blood. It may look bright red or like coffee grounds.

  • You notice blood in your poop (bowel movements).

  • You become lightheaded or pass out (faint).

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.