Alcohol poisoning is the state of having a toxic amount of alcohol in the blood. The condition usually occurs after a person consumes a large amount of alcohol over a short period. Approximately 2,200 people die from alcohol poisoning in the United States each year. The risk of alcohol poisoning varies according to several physical attributes including size, weight, overall health, and tolerance level. Behavioral risks of alcohol poisoning include combining drugs and drinking when the individual ate their last meal, the alcohol percentage of the drinks, and the rate of consumption.
The symptoms of alcohol poisoning include confusion, vomiting, and seizures. Breathing slows down to less than eight breaths per minute, and irregular breaths may be more than ten seconds apart. Blue-tinged or pale skin is also a symptom -- the blueish color indicates that oxygen is too low. Hypothermia or low body temperature and unconsciousness may also occur.
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