Friday, August 1, 2014

Figuring out Alcohol Poisoning

Once in a while, it’s good to have a drink with your friends; you bond and talk with them over a few shots, and simply enjoy each other’s company. However, time does fly when you’re having fun and it’s possible that you would have downed several shots more than you think you had. Such instances can result into alcohol poisoning, and if something bad does happen, a forensic toxicology specialist will help uncover the truth.

Some medical specialists accept that alcohol is a kind of poison because it helps suppress the nerves that control breathing and gag reflexes. As excess drinking irritates the stomach and triggers vomiting, the risk of death by asphyxiation increases because alcohol’s inhibiting effect on the gag reflex can trigger choking. Worse, blood alcohol content also increases while the person is unconscious because the alcohol trickles into the bloodstream.

There are ways to determine if a drunk person has gone down with alcohol poisoning. They will have episodes of slow breathing (no more than eight full breaths a minute), hypothermia, mental confusion, and a near-comatose state. In many cases, the person’s skin may be pale or bluish.

It’s never too late to back off from the edge of self-destruction. If you or your loved ones encounter a severe case of alcohol poisoning, forensic toxicology examinations will show the actual extent of the damage to help medical professionals determine the appropriate interventions.

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