Alcohol or drug abuse or withdrawal and change in mental alertness
The use of alcohol or illegal drugs can cause intoxication,
drunkenness, stupor, and loss of consciousness. If you are a heavy user, you
withdrawal symptoms when you try to stop drinking or
using drugs. Depending on your drug or alcohol history, withdrawal can be quite
A health professional can evaluate your symptoms and recommend
treatment. Prompt treatment can prevent complications. Ongoing treatment may be
necessary to help you recover from a drug or alcohol problem.
Alcohol withdrawal syndrome is a potentially life-threatening condition that can occur in people who have been drinking heavily for weeks, months, or years and then either stop or significantly reduce their alcohol consumption.
Alcohol withdrawal symptoms can begin as early as two hours after the last drink, persist for weeks, and range from mild anxiety and shakiness to severe complications, such as seizures and delirium tremens (also called DTs). The death rate from DTs -- which are characterized...
If you have swallowed, inhaled, or injected a substance that might be
poisonous, call a poison control center immediately.
Have the container of the substance with you so you can tell them what it is.
The poison control center will tell you what to do next. If a poison control
center is not available in your area, call911.
Jan Nissl, RN, BS
Susan Van Houten, RN, BSN, MBA
Primary Medical Reviewer
William M. Green, MD - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
January 13, 2009
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
January 13, 2009
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