What Happens to Your Body When You Get Alcohol Poisoning?
Alcohol is a central nervous system
(CNS) depressant. Alcohol depresses nerves that control involuntary actions
such as breathing and the gag reflex (which prevents choking). A fatal dose of
alcohol will eventually stop these functions.
It is common for someone who drank
excessive amounts of alcohol to vomit since alcohol is an irritant to the
stomach. There is then the danger of choking on vomit, which could cause death
by asphyxiation in a person who is unconscious because of intoxication.
A person's blood alcohol concentration (BAC) can continue to rise even while
he or she is passed out. Even after a person stops drinking, alcohol in the
stomach and intestine continues to enter the bloodstream and circulate
throughout the body. It is dangerous to assume the person will be fine by “sleeping
Click to learn about the signs & symptoms of alcohol poisoning and what to do if you suspect a friend or peer of having alcohol poisoning.
Source: CollegeDrinkingPrevention.gov, created by
the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).
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