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Signs of Alcohol Poisoning

Alcohol poisoning is a serious situation that can lead to illness, brain damage and death. Knowing these signs and what to do when you see them can save lives.

Signs of Alcohol Poisoning

  • Mental confusion, stupor, coma
  • Can’t be awakened by pinching, prodding or shouting
  • Unconscious (passing out)
  • Vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Inability to make eye contact
  • Slow breathing (fewer than eight breaths per minute)
  • Low or irregular breathing (10 seconds or more between breaths)
  • Hypothermia (low body temperature), bluish skin color, paleness

What do I do when someone is exhibiting these signs?

  • Never leave them alone to “Sleep it off," turn them on their side
  • Call 911
  • Stay with them to check their breathing and consciousness
  • Do not wait for all symptoms to be present before taking action
  • Be aware that a person who has passed out may die.

Care for your friends, do what is right when they have had too much to drink. Calling 911 and getting medical attention is more important than a friend being upset or embarrassed.

How Much is a Drink?

The Moscow Police Department and the University of Idaho want to ensure a safe and secure Vandal game day experience, as well as compliance with state law.

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Alcohol & Other Drugs Program

Not all University of Idaho students choose to drink or use other drugs, but for those who choose to use, we just want you to be safe. The AOD program provides useful substance use safety strategies, opportunities to learn about bystander intervention, and resources.

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Teaching & Learning Center Room 232

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Dr. MS 2431
Moscow, ID 83844-2431

Phone: 208-885-6757

Fax: 208-885-9494


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