Alcohol Intoxication Treatment

Medically Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian, MD on April 21, 2021

Call 911 if the person has these symptoms of alcohol poisoning:

  • Mental confusion or unconsciousness
  • Repeated vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Slow or irregular breathing
  • Low body temperature
  • Pale, clammy, or bluish skin

1. Stop Further Drinking

  • Leave the place where the alcohol is, or put the alcohol away.
  • Coffee, cold showers, and other traditional remedies don't work.

2. Keep the Person Safe

  • Never allow someone to drive when they are drunk.
  • Keep the person away from machinery, bicycles, skateboards, swimming pools, and other hazards.
  • Watch for signs of alcohol poisoning.

Show Sources


College Drinking Prevention, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: "Facts about alcohol poisoning.”

Centers for Disease and Prevention: "Alcohol and Public Health: Frequently Asked Questions.”

UC Davis Health Center: “Alcohol Poisoning: How to Help a Drunk Friend."

EMedicineHealth: "Alcohol Intoxication."

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