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​​Alcohol Poisoning ​

Individuals who binge drink or drink too much alcohol too quickly may be in danger of alcohol poisoning. Alcohol poisoning (also known as alcohol overdose) occurs when there is so much alcohol in the bloodstream that the areas of the brain in charge of functions that keep you alive, such as breathing, heart rate, and temperature control, begin to shut down.Signs of alcohol poisoning

Signs and symptoms include:

  • Clammy skin

  • Difficulty remaining conscious

  • Extremely low body temperature

  • Inability to wake up

  • Mental confusion

  • No gag reflex, which can put someone in danger of choking on their own vomit

  • Seizures

  • Slow heart rate

  • Slow or irregular breathing

  • Vomiting

Alcohol poisoning can lead to permanent brain damage, coma, or death.

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