Alcoholism & Addiction

Knowing Risks of Alcohol Poisoning Could Curb Behaviors

The holiday season is an opportune time for teens to party and get themselves in trouble. A recent Medical News Today report shares tips from AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) and its Inside Alcohol Project.

AAAS suggests that teens may be kept safer if they understand the risks they take on with underage drinking. Specialists note that most teens do not know their capacity for alcohol, which can put them at a greater risk for alcohol poisoning.

This risk is significant given that nearly one million high school students throughout the nation engage in binge drinking activities, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). This means that these teens are consuming four to five drinks in a two-hour period.

When a drunk individual attempts to “sleep it off”, he or she may be still experiencing rises in their blood alcohol concentrations as this can continue to rise even after drinking stops. This can also affect the gag reflex and if this is impaired, can cause a person to choke on vomit or accidentally inhale it into the lungs.

While alcohol poisoning is still more readily found among adults, it does still occur in teens. It is important that both parents and teens understand the signs of alcohol poisoning, such as slow breathing, irregular breathing, blue-tinged skin, confusion or stupor, low body temperature or unconscious and can’t be awakened.

Treating alcohol poisoning includes breathing support, intravenous fluids and vitamins to flush the alcohol out of the body completely. Brain damage can occur, which is irreversible.

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