If you suspect alcohol poisoning, immediately to request an ambulance. While you are waiting:
How alcohol poisoning is treated:
- Try to keep them sitting up and awake
- Give them water if they can drink it
- If they have passed out, lie them on their side in the recovery position and check they are breathing properly
- Keep them warm
- Stay with them and monitor their symptoms
- Never leave a person alone to sleep it off. The level of alcohol in person blood can continue to rise for up to 30-40 minutes after their last drink. This can cause their symptoms to suddenly become much more severe.
- You also should not give them coffee or any more alcohol, put them under a cold shower or walk them around. These will not help someone sober up and may even be dangerous.
In the hospital, the person will be carefully monitored until the alcohol has left their system. If treatment is required, this may include:
- Inserting a tube into their mouth and windpipe (intubation)-to open the airway, remove any blockages and help with breathing
- Fitting an intravenous drip, which goes directly into a vein to top up their water, blood sugar and vitamin levels
- Thin tube to their bladder to drain urine straight into a bag so they do not wet themselves