Causes of Alcohol PoisoningA common cause of alcohol poisoning is binge drinking — a pattern of heavy drinking when you rapidly consume multiple alcoholic drinks within two hours. An alcohol binge can occur over hours or last up to several days. You can consume a fatal dose before you pass out. Even when you're unconscious, or you've stopped drinking, alcohol continues to be released from your stomach and intestines into your bloodstream, and the level of alcohol in your body continues to rise.
Determining How Much Is Over the LineAlcohol is absorbed quickly by your body. It also takes a long time for your body to get rid of the alcohol you've consumed. Your liver processes most alcohol. When this happens in large doses, you may start noticing symptoms of poisoning (assuming that you have not passed out or blacked out) such as:
- Vomiting and seizures
- Slow breathing (less than eight breaths a minute)
- Irregular breathing (a gap of more than 10 seconds between breaths)
- Blue-tinged skin or pale skin and low body temperature (hypothermia)
- Passing out (unconsciousness) and can't be awakened