What can be an alcohol addiction emergency?
Alcohol can have strong effects and can risk the safety of the individual, others, or make the person very ill, which can be an emergency situation. When alcohol is consumed very fast in large amounts, it can lead to alcohol poisoning which is very dangerous. It can affect one’s breathing, heart rate, gag reflex, and body temperature quickly and can potentially lead to coma or death. Even in case of overdosage of alcohol in addition to other drugs, it can be an emergency situation even if overdose symptoms haven’t appeared yet. Also when a person stops drinking alcohol without taking medical supervision, such detox can lead to withdrawal symptoms that may result in a an emergency hospitalization. Suicidal ideations or attempts could also be another emergency situation.
What to do when there is an alcohol addiction emergency?
Rush the person to the ER or call an ambulance immediately.
How to prevent an alcohol addiction emergency?
Alcohol addiction can significantly damage a person’s physical health and mental well-being, and can lead to adverse health crises in the future. To prevent it, it is important to take professional help. You can either consult a psychiatrist and a therapist on an outpatient basis regularly, or get the patient admitted to a rehabilitation setting.
Which professionals treat a person with alcohol addiction in an emergency?
A physician or a psychiatrist would be able to help with an emergency for a patient with alcohol addiction. They would best be able to help in a hospital setting where technologically advanced medical equipments are available as well. Therapists would be able to help after initial medical help has been provided – such as in case of suicidal ideations.