Alcohol Poisoning

Signs and Symptoms


Severely  slurred speech

Co-ordination loss


Slow or irregular breathing

Pale or blue tinged skin

Being unresponsive


In most severe cases, alcohol poisoning can lead to coma, brain damage and death.

What should you do?

If you suspect alcohol poisoning, dial 999 immediately.

While you're waiting;

  • Keep them sitting up and awakerecovery_position.png
  • Give them water
  • If they have passed out, lie them on
    their side in the recovery position
  • Check they're breathing
  • Keep them warm
  • Stay with them

What should you NOT do?

  • Never leave them alone
  • Do not give them coffee
  • Don't put them under a cold shower
It's ALWAYS better to be safe than sorry. If you have any doubts about
alcohol poisoning please call 999 for an ambulance.

It's important to avoid misusing alcohol and to be aware of how much you're drinking and the effect this could have on your body. For more information please visit the NHS website page about alcohol poisoning


Page notes taken from Caitlin Daley, Newcastle Hospitals Foundation Trust's, alcohol poisoning poster 

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