Check for adequate response and consider activating EMS
Place a breathing person on their side laterally or in the recovery position; This encourages a clear airway in case the person starts vomiting
Check for and treat any visible external injuries; Hand the person over to medics when they arrive
Patient Care; Alcohol Intoxication
- The first aid treatment for alcohol intoxication is often a dose of paracetamols or liver salts and a slow re-hydration back to normal. Nevertheless there are times when being intoxicated from drinking excessive amounts of alcohol can be serious and potentially life threatening.
- Drunkenness increases the risk of falls and sustaining severe injuries because alcohol often slow down the body's responses and reactions. Sometimes, it is difficult to differentiate between a head injury and drunken stupor.
- Intoxicated unresponsive persons may start vomiting or breathe vomitus. There is a substantial risk of someone choking to death or suffocating on vomit if they are lying face up.