- Cold, clammy, pale or bluish skin
- Slow breathing (fewer than 8 breaths per minute)
- Irregular breathing (10 seconds or more between breaths)
- Mental confusion. Stupor or the unconsciousness or “sleeping” person cannot be awaken
- Vomiting while “sleeping” or passed out, and not waking up after
If you recognize any of these signs in someone who you know has been drinking, you need to act immediately to save their life- do not wait for all symptoms to be present, do something now- GET MEDICAL HELP! There have been too many occasions when a caring friend has helped a drunk friend to bed to “sleep it off”, only to find them dead in the morning.
It doesn’t matter if the drinker is underage or not supposed to drink for whatever reason. If you suspect that someone may be suffering from acute alcohol poisoning, call 911. Do not ask 20 people for their opinion before you do this- you could cost your friend their life. Next, use the Bacchus Maneuver to roll them into the recovery position so they won’t choke if they vomit. Start CPR if they stop breathing, or find someone with first aid training to do it for you. Stay with the person until medical help arrives.