How is ethanol poisoning diagnosed?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Ethanol poisoning is usually diagnosed by talking to the person and any friends present. Doctors observe the person's behavior and symptoms. A blood or urine test can confirm whether the alcohol levels are dangerously high. If a person is unconscious due to ethanol poisoning, contact 911 or the National Poison Center (1-800-222-1222) immediately. Be prepared to list what the person has consumed and when if possible to help diagnosis.

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