Did you know that your favorite drink alcohol is a silent killer? Alcohol poisoning and intoxication threats to health is how best we can describe the magnitude of the harms that are associated with the continued consumption of this dangerous drug yet legally allowed for consumption. Experts from AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center under the able leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury says that because of alcohol hundreds of people die yearly from acute alcohol intoxication also known as alcohol poisoning or alcohol overdose. And besides that thousands of more are admitted daily to the emergency rooms in various health facilities across the globe. It is regrettable that as things stand now and unless something is done drastically to contain the situation, alcohol poisoning is steadily increasing in high schools and other institutions of higher learning like colleges and universities campuses. For luck of better words to describe the magnitude of the problem, I can only put it plain that drinking too much repeatedly too fast can kill and will you. I don’t mean to scare anyone with my choice of words, but I am only stating as it is because the picture we see on the adverts is total fiction meant to bring many into the consumption basket for an eminent destruction at an appropriate time, says doctor Dalal Akoury. Therefore why do I say that alcohol poisoning is a medical emergency? Let’s find out progressively.
Alcohol consumption has never been friendly to human health and it is not about to start anytime now or in the future, and being a depressant drug, once it is administered into the body through ingestion, it immediately start it act of damage by working round the clock to slow down some of the body’s vital functions including heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing. Progressively this will continue as users continue in their habit and when the vital centers have been depressed enough by alcohol, it then leads to unconsciousness. Doctor Akoury is registering that it is very important to appreciate that, besides this, the amount of alcohol that it takes to produce unconsciousness is dangerously life threatening and very close to a fatal dose. Therefore the consequences of this are that those individuals who survive alcohol poisoning sometimes suffer irreversible brain damage. Nonetheless one very important to note is that alcohol abuse knows no boundaries and therefore everyone can fall to it. I was talking to some student in one of the learning institutions and it is worrying that many students are in the dark and were surprised to learn that death can occur from acute intoxication. According to the students it was evident that most of the young people often think that the worst that can happen when they are intoxicated is that they will just pass out and have a hang-over the next day. That is the highest order of ignorance which is very harmful to our young people. It is therefore our duty to impact positively to them by creating awareness about the dangers of alcohol poisoning and intoxication threats to health by all means. That is to say that knowing the signs and symptoms of acute alcohol intoxication and the proper action to take can help you avoid a tragedy. And before we get to the signs and symptoms of alcohol poisoning, I want to make a passionate appeal to everyone out there and particularly the young people that if you are taking alcohol, it is not good for your health and so you need to seek for help now by consulting with the experts from AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center by scheduling for an appointment so that you can have a one on one discussion with the experts today.
We are always told that knowledge is power and this is very applicable especially when that knowledge is going to make you have a better and much healthier life. The connotation that what you don’t know won’t harm you is not applicable with addiction. If you are ignorant of the dangers you are subjecting yourself to by abusing drugs, you are even in more danger than those who are just in denial but are well informed of the consequences. It is therefore our desire to pull you out of the jaws of ignorance by sharing with you some of the signs and symptoms of alcohol poisoning as follows:
- Unconsciousness or semi-consciousness
- Slow respirations (breaths) of eight or less per minute, or lapses between respirations of more than eight seconds.
- Cold, clammy, pale, or bluish skin.
- In the event of alcohol poisoning, these signs and symptoms will most likely be accompanied by a strong odor of alcohol.
We may not be able to conclusively outline all the obvious signs of alcohol poisoning in this article and so we want to urge you to always be in constant touch with experts so that you are not caught pants down, remember the wise saying that “the early bird will always catch the worm.” So be the one who will by seeking for timely help from the experts at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center under the able leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury today.
In the fight against addiction, it is always very important that we have some sought of work plan that is to say things that we can do to salvage the situation whether we are affected directly or indirectly and they may include the following:
- If you encounter a person who exhibits one or more of the signs and symptoms, do what you would do in any medical emergency: Call 911 immediately.
- While waiting for 911 emergency transports gently turn the intoxicated person on his/her side and maintain that position by placing a pillow in the small of the person’s back. This is important to prevent aspiration (choking) should the person vomit. Stay with the person until medical help arrives.
Finally several studies have established that binge drinking use by youth and young adults increases the risk of both fatal and nonfatal injuries. In fact research has also shown that teenagers and other children who use alcohol before age 15 are five times more likely to become alcohol dependent than adults who begin drinking at age 21. This should resonate to all of us of the dire consequences of alcohol poisoning. Besides that other consequences of youth alcohol use may include increased risky sexual behaviors, poor school performance, increased risk of being a victim of violence or sexual assault and increased risk of suicide and homicide. In other words alcohol has nothing good to offer you’re your health irrespective of your age.