East Coast Recovery Center Defines Alcohol Poisoning and Its Dangers in New Blog Post
Cohasset, Mass. — East Coast Recovery Center, an addiction treatment provider located in Cohasset, Mass., has published a blog post explaining what alcohol poisoning is and what to do if someone is showing signs of alcohol poisoning. The post says alcohol poisoning occurs when a person overdoses on alcohol by drinking a huge amount of alcohol in a short period of time, which is also known as binge drinking. Symptoms of alcohol poisoning can include vomiting, confusion, slow breathing, seizures, and passing out.
Alcohol poisoning affects the brain, and basic life functions (breathing and heart rate) begin to shut down. In the most serious cases, it can cause permanent brain damage or even death.
According to the post, binge drinking is defined as having five or more drinks if one is a man or four or more drinks if one is woman in a short period of time. However, this may also depend on the amount of alcohol found in each drink. For instance, beer has 5% alcohol while vodka has 40%. There are additional risk factors that can contribute to alcohol poisoning, such as the overall health of the person, including their size and weight. Another factor is whether the person has eaten or not before drinking.
Alcohol poisoning can be prevented by abstaining or drinking in moderation, and possibly drinking after eating some food. Meeting with a counselor or doctor can also help the affected person by examining the reasons for binge drinking and what measures can be taken to prevent it. The person’s loved ones can also help in motivating that person to avoid binge drinking.
A spokesperson from East Coast Recovery Center says, “Alcohol poisoning is an emergency. If someone is currently suffering from alcohol poisoning, immediately dial 911. While alcohol poisoning may be difficult to identify, if you believe someone is suffering from alcohol poisoning, do not hesitate to get help as soon as possible. The outcome of getting help while they are not suffering from alcohol poisoning is much better than the outcome of not getting help when they are.”
It is also important to remain calm when someone appears to be suffering from alcohol poisoning. This is to ensure that the proper information about what the person drank, how much was consumed, and how quickly it was consumed can be given to medical professionals. It is also advisable to keep the person upright and ensure that he or she remains awake. If the person loses consciousness, he or she should not be left alone because of the possibility of choking on his or her vomit.
It is also important to note that a person who suffers from alcohol poisoning doesn’t necessarily have alcohol use disorder (AUD), the post explains. The person might have only accidentally overdosed. However, those who have AUD are more likely to binge drink. Thus, those who have AUD will tend to suffer from alcohol poisoning more frequently. It is, therefore, important for people suffering from AUD to get treatment.
Those who are concerned that a loved one may be suffering from AUD can consult with an addiction treatment center, such as East Coast Recovery Center, on possible ways to convince the affected person to begin treatment.
East Coast Recovery Center is a drug and alcohol addiction treatment center that offers individualized addiction recovery programs. Their campus is only 20 minutes outside of Boston. Their concept of treatment is for patients to disconnect from themselves and then reconnect with a community that understands them. Their mission is to help those who are struggling with an addiction attain success in both recovery and in life. They also understand that every individual’s path is unique, which means the approach for each person has to be customized. To encourage connection with other people, they focus on community-based therapies, such as the 12-Step program, Alcoholics Anonymous, and guided meditation and yoga sessions.
Those who are interested in learning more about the services available at East Coast Recovery Center can check out their website or call (781) 400-8018.
For more information about East Coast Recovery Center, contact the company here:
East Coast Recovery Center
215 Chief Justice Cushing Highway
Cohasset, MA 02025