ACES - Alcohol Campus Education Services

Alcohol Poisoning

Four signs of alcohol poisoning:

  1. Person cannot be awakened to full consciousness
  2. Skin is cold, clammy, and bluish
  3. Breathing is slow or irregular
  4. Vomiting while passed out

 If a friend shows any of these signs of alcohol poisoning:

  • Call for help
  • Turn the friend on his/her side (to prevent them from choking on vomit)
  • Stay nearby
  • IF IN DOUBT CALL FOR HELP!

 *Important*


Passing out does not mean "sleeping it off". Blood alcohol content (BAC) can increase even after you stop drinking and/or fall asleep, and alcohol poisoning is still possible.

Page last modified November 20, 2013