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How is ethanol poisoning treated?

There is no antidote for a person who has consumed too much alcohol. Coffee and other stimulants are ineffective sobering agents; the person's body must have time to metabolize the alcohol. In severe cases, emergency treatment involves clearing the person's airways with a tube and IV fluids to prevent dehydration. If you suspect emergency treatment is necessary, contact 911 or the National Poison Center (1-800-222-1222) and provide as much information as possible about the alcohol consumed.

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Is ethanol poisoning serious?
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Ethanol poisoning can be very serious. Alcohol impairs the nervous system and reflexes, including th...
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Will a person with ethanol poisoning recover?
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Ethanol poisoning can be life threatening. However, if a person survives the first 24 hours, they wi...
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How is ethanol poisoning diagnosed?
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Ethanol poisoning is usually diagnosed by talking to the person and any friends present. Doctors obs...
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What is ethanol poisoning?
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