What to Do After Alcohol Poisoning
By: Lakeview Health Staff
Published: September 8, 2016

Nearly 6% of all deaths globally can be attributed to alcohol. For thousands of years, alcohol has remained one of the most abundant and available substances in society. While many people have the ability to enjoy this beverage in moderation without negative consequences, others aren’t so lucky. Perhaps you’ve been struggling because someone you love has experienced alcohol poisoning. When this occurs, it can be terrifying if you don’t know what to do. Here is some crucial information to keep in mind if someone near you has poisoned themselves with alcohol.

Things Not To Do When Dealing With Alcohol Poisoning

Like anything else, a lot of bad advice is passed around when it comes to drinking too much. If someone near you poisons themselves with alcohol, here’s what you shouldn’t do:

  • Try to make them sick
  • Give them coffee
  • Leave them to sleep it off
  • Let them drink any more alcohol
  • Help them walk it off

Things To Do When Dealing With Alcohol Poisoning

If people close to you poison themselves with alcohol, there are a few things you should attempt to do. First, try to keep them awake and sitting up. This will help them to keep the contents of their stomach down and may keep them alert through the effects of the alcohol. If they can drink anything, giving them water will keep them from becoming dehydrated. If they have already passed out, lying them on their side is advised to prevent choking. Keeping them warm and staying nearby to monitor them until help arrives is advised as well.

Preventing Alcohol Poisoning Through Rehab

One of the best ways to avoid having to figure out what to do for someone who has poisoned themselves with alcohol is to work toward preventing it from happening again. If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol abuse, searching for a rehabilitation facility may be the best option. The staff at a rehabilitation facility will be able to work with you to find ways to overcome your abusive habits and get started on your path to sobriety. Lakeview Health is a private, nationally accredited alcohol and drug rehabilitation center devoted to ensuring that men and women suffering from addiction receive the help they deserve. Our gender responsive programs can help you recover from your alcoholism. If you’re struggling with addiction to alcohol, there’s no better time to address the problem than right now. Call (866) 704-7692 today to speak with experienced staff members at Lakeview Health about how you can begin stepping away from your harmful habits.