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Alcohol Poisoning patient information

  • Alcohol Poisoning

    If you are someone who drinks alcohol it's likely you've experienced first-hand at least some of its short-term health effects, be it a hangover or a bad night's sleep. It's the longer term health effects of alcohol that people often only experience once it's too late. But it really doesn't have to be like that.

    From a disturbed night's sleep to alcohol poisoning, alcohol's effects on the body can have a varying impact on our lives.

    Your body can only process one unit of alcohol an hour. Drink a lot in a short space of time and the amount of alcohol in the blood can stop the body from working properly.

    • Slow down your brain functions so you lose your sense of balance
    • Irritate the stomach which causes vomiting and it stops your gag reflex from working properly – you can choke on, or inhale, your own vomit into your lungs
    • Affect the nerves that control your breathing and heartbeat, it can stop both
    • Dehydrate you, which can cause permanent brain damage
    • Lower the body’s temperature, which can lead to hypothermia
    • Lower your blood sugar levels, so you could suffer seizures