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What increases my risk of ethanol poisoning?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Teens and young adults are more inclined to binge drink and experience ethanol poisoning. Oddly enough, the fatality rate from ethanol poisoning is higher for adults age 45-54. Men are typically more inclined to binge drink than women, but women are often more sensitive to the effects of alcohol. Smaller framed people and children are especially sensitive to the effects of alcohol and are more prone to low blood sugar levels. Poor general health, lack of other food in the stomach, and combining with other medications will also increase the risks of poisoning.

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