What you do to help depends on the state of your friend. Your friend doesnít have to be passed out or throwing up to need your help. Other signs for concern:
If you observe any of these symptoms in your friend, but youíre not sure whether to get medical help, err on the side of caution and call 911. If you donít believe itís necessary to seek medical attention, hereís what you should do:
Rule #1: Donít leave your friend alone, even if the person is conscious. Watch for signs of alcohol poisoning.
Rule #2: Do not assume that he/she will make it home safely. The full effect of the alcohol may not have hit yet. If the individual has vomited, lost motor coordination, or is not coherent, it may be necessary to seek medical attention.
Rule #3: Do not assume an unconscious person is sleeping. The individual may be suffering from alcohol poisoning.
There are three key symptoms that indicate alcohol poisoning.
If you observe one or more of these three symptoms, call 911 immediately. Continue efforts to wake your friend, and make sure he/she is lying on the side of his/her body to prevent choking on vomit. Closely monitor breathing and perform CPR if breathing stops. If you donít know CPR, find someone who does. In a non-emergency situation, call the Department of Public Safety at 610 558-5555