A 2015 study involved the analysis of alcohol poisoning deaths between the years 2010 and 2012 in the United States; results from the study found that an annual average of 2,221 alcohol poisoning deaths occurred; on average, the study found that six people – mostly men – die each day in the United States from alcohol poisoning. This unfortunate circumstance is due to drinking copious quantities of alcohol – drinking too much can quickly affect a person’s heart rate, breathing, body temperature and more, leading to a coma or even death. If you’ve been struggling with your alcohol use, understanding the risks of alcohol poisoning could potentially save your life.
When a person has alcohol poisoning, there several symptoms they may experience:
- Slurred speech
- Irregular breathing (more than 10 seconds between breaths)
- Blue tinged or pale skin
- Passing out
How much is too much? Alcohol becomes absorbed into the body much quicker than food, and it takes the body much longer to get rid of alcohol than it does food and other drinks. Typically, the more drinks taken in a shorter period, the greater the chances of someone developing alcohol poisoning. However, there are a few factors that play into this, such as:
- Your size and weight
- Your overall health
- How much you’ve eaten
- If you’ve taken multiple substances
- The amount of alcohol in the drinks you’ve been consuming
- The rate and amount of your alcohol consumption
- Your tolerance
Alcohol poisoning can be self-diagnosed but should not be treated at home. Seek medical attention immediately by dialing 911 if you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above. If you aren’t experiencing alcohol poisoning but have been struggling with your alcohol use in general, speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center to learn more about how you can begin your journey to recovery. Don’t wait any longer – seeking help now could prevent you from experiencing any worse health or legal complications in the future.
Simple Recovery is a world-renowned, California state-licensed substance abuse recovery center. We offer dual diagnosis treatment, so if you are experiencing both substance abuse and symptoms of a mental disorder, call us today at 888-207-0965 so that we can work with you to restore your happiness, health, and well-being. You do not have to continue living this way; there are many people here ready to help you.