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Alcohol Poisoning

Symptoms of Alcohol Poisoning:

  • Person is staggering, slurred or slowed speech, bobbing head.
  • Person is unconscious or semi-conscious and cannot be woken.
  • Person has cold, clammy, unusually pale or bluish skin.
  • Person is breathing slowly (less than eight times per minute), or breathing irregularly (ten seconds or more between any two breaths).
  • Person is vomiting while in and out of consciousness.

What to do:

  • Call 9-911 (from campus phone), or 911 (off campus), or take them to Ruby Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Department.
  • Do not leave the person alone!
  • Roll the person on to their side to help avoid choking in case of vomiting.
  • If the person stops breathing, administer CPR.
  • Don’t hesitate or worry about what the person will think when they sober up. It is always “better to be safe than sorry”. The hospital will not call the police.
  • Be aware of WVU's Medical Amnesty policy

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