How to Tell if Someone has Alcohol Poisoning
Call 9-1-1 if you see someone exhibiting behavior that might indicate alcohol poisoning such as any one of the following symptoms:
Cold, clammy, pale, or bluish skin
Unconscious or unable to be roused
Puking repeatedly or uncontrollably
Slow or irregular breathing
If someone has any of the symptoms above, call 911 and specify that it’s a medical emergency so the dispatcher sends an ambulance. If you're worried about cost, an ambulance can conduct an assessment to see if the person is okay, and this is free of charge.
Worried About Getting into Trouble?
Aggies Act to save lives! Be a friend and make the call.
If you're calling for a friend experiencing an overdose, the incident will not go on your conduct record. The new Aggies Act protocol allows you to attend a session on how to be safe in situations involving drugs and alcohol in order to receive immunity. Limitations apply, see shcs.ucdavis.edu/aggiesact
CA Assembly Bill 1999
CA-AB 1999 protects persons under 21 from legal repercussions when calling 911 in cases of alcohol poisoning. Learn more about the California Amnesty Law
What to do when someone is very intoxicated
- Cut them off from alcohol/other drugs and make sure their friends at the party and anyone serving alcohol knows.
- Stay with the person.
- Try to keep the person sitting up if they are vomiting. If they must lie down, keep the person on their side..
- If the person is not in need of medical attention and is going to "sleep it off," be sure to lay them on their side and wake them up frequently to check for signs of alcohol poisoning. Even though the person is sleeping, alcohol levels may continue to rise, causing the person to become unconscious, rather than asleep. If at any time you cannot wake the person up, CALL 9-1-1.
- Remember that calling can save someone's life.