What does "blood alcohol level" mean for alcohol poisoning?

The term "blood alcohol level," sometimes also called "blood alcohol content," is simply a measurement of the amount of alcohol in the blood. Police use breath tests to measure blood alcohol levels and evaluate the intoxication of suspected drunk drivers. Doctors use a blood test to check this level in someone with alcohol poisoning. The physical effects of alcohol intoxication grow as a person's blood alcohol level increases. In general, a blood alcohol level of 20 mg/dL to 50 mg/dL represents mild intoxication, while levels of 300 mg/dL to 400 mg/dL can cause unconsciousness, delirium, and death.

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Poisoning involves ingesting or coming in contact with substances that damage your body. Typical poisons include household and industrial chemicals, drugs, exhaust fumes, plants, metals or spoiled food. The dangers of poisoning va...

ry widely, from minor annoyances to coma and death. Typical signs of poisoning include rashes, vomiting, redness around the mouth and nose, chemical odors and burns. Empty pill bottles, unresponsiveness and difficulty breathing are also signs. If the person is not breathing, start CPR and call for help immediately. Since poisons work in different ways depending on the amount and type ingested, it is important to consult with a doctor or a poison control center to seek advice for treatment.

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