Alcohol Intoxication: What You Should Know

What Is Alcohol Intoxication?

Alcohol intoxication is defined as the state where one consumes too much alcohol or drinks a large amount of alcoholic beverages within a short period of time. The term “intoxicated” refers to the fact that you have had enough to cause problems with your body.

The effects of alcohol intoxication are similar to those caused by other drugs such as cocaine, heroin, marijuana and others. However, there are some differences between these substances and alcohol.

When someone becomes intoxicated, they may experience feelings of confusion, drowsiness, loss of coordination and impaired judgment. They might feel very sleepy at times and lose their ability to drive or perform other tasks requiring alertness. Some people may become confused even while driving a car!

If you think you have been drinking too much then it is best not to drive yourself home since you could get into trouble if you do so.

If you are going out and want to drink a few beers before doing something else, then don’t worry because you will probably pass out soon after. But if you are planning on drinking more than a couple of drinks and getting drunk, then it is better to go home instead. And remember, if you do decide to drink more than two glasses of wine or beer in one sitting, then make sure that you take the necessary precautions beforehand (see below).

If you are going to drink then you should follow these alcohol poisoning guidelines:

Don’t drive after you have been drinking

Don’t get behind the wheel of any type of vehicle if you have been drinking at all. Even if you feel fine, your reflexes could still be impared. It only takes a few drinks to put your life and the lives of others in danger.

Don’t drink on an empty stomach

Always have something to eat before drinking. You can’t go wrong with a big helping of spaghetti and garlic bread. Not only will your stomach thank you for not drinking on an empty stomach, but the carbs will help absorb some of the alcohol.

Eat while you are drinking

If you are drinking at a party or somewhere else where food is not readily available then bring some with you. Grab a bag of chips or a candy bar to snack on while you are drinking. Not only will this soak up some of the alcohol, but it will help keep your blood sugar levels up.

Drinking on an empty stomach can lead to nausea and headaches.

Stay with friends while you are drinking

Drinking by yourself can be dangerous. You might think that you are fine to drive but you could still be over the legal limit. Drinking by yourself can also lead to unconsciousness or worse if you were to trip and fall down the stairs or something similar.

Stay out of alleys while you are drinking

If you do pass out from alcohol poisoning, you will be more likely to get robbed or worse if you pass out in an alley. Not only is this dangerous but it could land you in jail as well. Always have a friend with you and try not to blackout since you might hurt yourself.

Always have your keys in your hand before you go out the door

Before you leave for the night, always put your keys in your hand. That way if you do pass out, you will at least be close to the door. This helps if you are in an alley or somewhere away from a vehicle since you can still make it home without having to drag yourself very far.

It also helps if the cops see you and think that you are just a drunk trying to get home.

Don’t use other drugs while you are drinking

The effects of alcohol will be more pronounced if you are also using other drugs. This can be very dangerous so try not to mix alcohol with any other drugs (even over the counter stuff like acetaminophen or ibuprofen). If you think you have consumed too much then seek medical attention immediately.

Do not drink at all if you are:

Pregnant

Have a medical condition that might be made worse by alcohol (such as heart disease, liver or kidney problems, etc)

Are under the age of 21 (It’s illegal and you can get in big trouble. You don’t need alcohol to have a good time).

Have been drinking excessively every day (If you have a problem, get help)

Sources: WebMD, How Stuff Works, Cleveland Clinic

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