Monday, December 1, 2014

Alcohol Safety

Here are some safety tips to keep in mind when consuming alcohol.

  • Limit the number of drinks consumed and eat a good meal before drinking and while you drink.

  • Drink with friends. But don't try to keep up with them. Look out for your friends and ask them to look out for you.

  • Limit money spent on alcohol

  • Pour your own drinks, and drink something without alcohol in it between alcoholic drinks. It will help you to stay hydrated.

  • Use self-protective strategies

  • If you are with a friend and they are drunk, don't leave them with someone that you or they don't know.

  • Be aware of your surroundings.

  • Have a plan for getting home safely. Designate a driver that has not consumed alcohol.

  • Don't Drink and Drive ! you never know it might be your family member in that next car.

  • Let people know where you will be and how to contact you.

  • Remember that drinking affects your judgment.

If someone you are with drinks a lot and seems confused or falls asleep, they may be suffering from alcohol poisoning. Know the signs and what to do:

If they pass out or appear to fall asleep, pinch their skin to see if they react or wake up; check for cold, clammy, unusually pale or bluish skin; count breaths to see if they breathe less than 8 times in a minute (slow breathing); check to see if breaths are more than 10 seconds apart (irregular breathing); watch to see if they vomit without waking up; watch for seizures.

Binge drinking can cause a seizure, even in people who do not have epilepsy; never leave them alone; never put them to bed to “sleep it off”; put them in the recovery position so they don’t choke on their own vomit.

If someone you know or don't know has the symptoms of alcohol poisoning please get them help right away and call 911

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