Helping an Intoxicated Person

If you’re unsure of how to help – don’t waste time – get help by calling 9-1-1.

  • Look for signs of alcohol poisoning
  • Cold, clammy skin
  • Unconsciousness
  • Slowed or irregular breathing
  • Puking, particularly while passed out If ANY of the signs are evident call 9-1-1 for help immediately.

Health and Safety are #1 Priority

  • Stay with person – Don’t leave them to “sleep it off”
  • Ensure they rest on side to prevent choking on own vomit.
  • No food, drink, or drugs if they’ve vomited in the last 2 hours – it can cause vomiting or choking.
  • Keep them still to avoid injury – No walking or standing without assistance; Do not let them leave or drive if they may cause harm to self or others
  • If injured, violent, unruly or need transportation – Call 9-1-1

Warning Signs of a Substance Abuse Problem

  • Changes in academic performance: Slowed thinking, poor concentration, impaired reasoning, frequent absences from class. Absences on Mondays, Fridays and/or paydays. Tardiness and/or disciplinary problems.
  • Moodiness, irritation, anger. Loss of inhibitions. Exaggerated feelings of anger, fear, sadness and anxiety. Withdraws from hobbies, sports, or favorite activities. Overreacts to mild criticism Carelessness about personal appearance. Smells like alcohol.
  • Social conflicts: Making inappropriate statements. Involvement in fights. Legal trouble due to alcohol. Withdrawal from others, frequent lying, depression, paranoia. Giving up opportunities for social, recreational, and academic activities.
  • Accidents and injuries: Evidence of falls, cuts and bruises. Involvement in motor vehicle accidents due to alcohol.
  • Increased interest in alcohol: Talking about it, talking about buying it, talking about activities that center on alcohol use.

Score-it-Yourself Quiz: Ask yourself these questions. If you say “yes” to any of them, you may have a problem and could benefit from seeking help.

  • 1. Do you lose time from school or work because of drinking?
  • 2. Do you drink to lose shyness and build up self confidence?
  • 3. Is drinking affecting your reputation?
  • 4. Do you drink to escape from study or home worries?
  • 5. Does it bother you if somebody says maybe you drink too much?
  • 6. Do you have to take a drink to go out on a date?
  • 7. Do you ever get into money trouble over buying liquor?
  • 8. Have you lost friends since you’ve started drinking?
  • 9. Do you hang out now with a crowd where stuff is easy to get?
  • 10. Do your friends drink less than you do?
  • 11. Do you drink until the bottle is empty?
  • 12. Have you ever had a loss of memory from drinking?
  • 13. Has drunk driving ever put you into a hospital or a jail?
  • 14. Do you get annoyed with classes or lectures on drinking?
  • 15. Do you think you have a problem with liquor?