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Alcohol | When It Goes Too Far

We all enjoy a drink around this time of year, those of us of age of course! What do we do when it goes too far? How can we help a friend when they have had too much?

The most important thing to do is to stay with them and stop the person from drinking any more. They might get a bit frustrated at being told to stop and so if you can distract them or keep the drinks out of their way it might be easier!

If they have driven, make sure they have no intention of getting in their car - take their keys if you have to! Make sure to help them get home or a place to stay.

Encourage them to eat. It can help to sober them up and distract them from drinking more.

Get them to drink water or drinks with added electrolytes to help them hydrate. Coconut water is a great natural alternative.

If they want to sleep, make sure to keep them on their side, propped up so they can’t roll onto their back - this will prevent them from choking if they vomit.

For most people, this will lead to a rough day the next day - headache, tiredness and an upset stomach. Making sure to keep them hydrated should be enough to get them bouncing back.

However, if the person isn’t recovering or is experiencing extreme reactions to alcohol they may be suffering from alcohol poisoning. The Center of Disease Control states that as many as 6 people die of alcohol poisoning every day so it is important to know the signs:

  • Irregular, slow breathing

  • Low body temperature, blue or pale skin

  • Loss of coordination

  • Vomiting repeatedly, uncontrollably

  • Passing out, unconsciousness, coma

  • Seizures, shaking

If someone is experiencing these things, then it is time to call 911 and get them medical help. Stay with them and keep them warm and conscious as best you can until help arrives.

There is a lot of fun to be had with alcohol, especially when we drink safely and we know what to do when things get a little out of control. Check out our Staying Safe blog if you want to know our top tips.

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