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Is ethanol poisoning serious?

Ethanol poisoning can be very serious. Alcohol impairs the nervous system and reflexes, including the gag reflex. A person with ethanol poisoning may easily suffocate if they vomit and block their own airways. In addition, blood sugar levels and body temperature frequently drop to dangerous lows, and excessive vomiting may leave a person dehydrated. A severely intoxicated person may suffer permanent brain damage or may die. If the person is unconscious due to ethanol poisoning, contact 911 or the National Poison Center (1-800-222-1222) immediately.

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How is ethanol poisoning diagnosed?
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Does ethanol poisoning affect children differently than adults?
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How is ethanol poisoning treated?
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What causes ethanol poisoning?
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