Alcohol Poisoning

Alcohol Poisoning

Alcohol poisoning is a condition in which a toxic amount of alcohol has been consumed, usually in a short period of time. Because alcohol poisoning can be deadly, emergency treatment is necessary.

About Alcohol Poisoning

Alcohol intoxication (also known as drunkenness or inebriation) is a physiological state that occurs when a person has a high level of ethanol (alcohol) in his or her blood. Common symptoms of alcohol intoxication include slurred speech, euphoria, impaired balance, loss of muscle coordination (ataxia), flushed face, vomiting, reddened eyes, reduced inhibition, and erratic behavior. In severe cases, it can cause coma or death. Toxicologists use the term alcohol intoxication to discriminate between alcohol and other toxins. Acute alcohol intoxication results from a very high level of alcohol in the blood. This term is used by health care providers, often in emergencies. Alcohol is metabolized by a normal liver at the rate of about one ounce every 90 minutes. An "abnormal" liver with conditions such as hepatitis, cirrhosis, gall bladder disease, and cancer will have a slower rate of metabolism.

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