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Internal Medicine

What is Alcohol Congestion?

Be careful and avoid the risk of Alcohol Congestion.

What is Alcohol Congestion?
What is Alcohol Congestion?
Alcohol Congestion can occur when someone drinks large amounts of alcohol (beer, wine, and liquor) in a short period. This is because too much alcohol increases the bloodstream; the liver cannot break down alcohol and remove its toxins from the blood so quickly.

Too much alcohol is like a depressant and causes parts of the brain that control vital body functions to shut down.

Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) may continue to rise 40 minutes after the last drink!

How Many Drinks Can Cause Alcohol Congestion?

Five or more drinks for a man and four or more drinks for a woman is a common cause of Alcohol Congestion.

However, the line between pleasant consumption and dangerous consumption depends on the person, gender, and factors such as:

  • Years
  • Ethnicity
  • How much food you have in your stomach
  • If you are a skilled or amateur drinker
  • Depression
  • Disease

  • A strong smell of alcohol
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Loss of coordination or inability to walk
  • Poor responses
  • Cold and sweaty skin
  • Blue skin, particularly around the lips or under the nails
  • Slow or fast heart rate
  • Urinary or fecal incontinence
  • Hypothermia
  • Threw up
  • Trouble staying alert
  • Unconsciousness
  • Abnormal breathing
  • Seizures

Do not do this!
When helping someone with signs of Alcohol Congestion:
  • Please don't give him a cold shower; May cause hypothermia
  • Please don't give him coffee; Caffeine can aggravate dehydration
  • Goodbye to food; Food could drown you
  • Please don't give him medicine
  • Please do not induce vomiting

Alcohol is not a problem; The problem is the quantity, so:
  • Drink in moderation
    Drink water after every two drinks
  • Drink after eating something
  • Avoid drinking games; You don't earn anything
  • Avoid energy drinks mixed with alcohol
  • Don't drink alcohol while taking medicine

When to see your doctor

It is not necessary to have all of the above symptoms before seeking medical assistance. 

A person with alcohol congestion who is unconscious or unable to wake up is at risk of death.

Alcohol Congestion is an Urgency. If you think someone has Alcohol Congestion, despite not seeing classic signs and symptoms, seek medical attention immediately. Next, we tell you what you should do:

  • Call 911 or contact our emergency team immediately
  • Inform hospital or emergency personnel of the type and amount of alcohol the person drank and when.
  • Stay with the unconscious person at all times.
  • Help the person with Alcohol Congestion to vomit. Try to keep her seat. If the person needs to lie down, make sure their head is turned to the side to prevent choking
  • Try to keep the person awake to avoid losing consciousness

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