What causes alcohol poisoning?
You may get alcohol poisoning by consuming large quantities of alcohol in a short period. Alcoholic drinks contain ethanol (also known as ethyl alcohol). There may be accidental consumption of alcohol-containing household products by small children. The alcohol present in household items can be isopropyl alcohol, ethylene glycol, or methyl alcohol.
Alcohol differs from foods by taking very little time to get digested and absorbed in the body. It appears in your blood quickly. However, it takes a lot more time to get eliminated from the body. The more alcohol you consume in a short time, the more severe is alcohol poisoning.
How to prevent alcohol poisoning
If you drink alcohol, ensure that you drink in moderation. If you are a healthy woman or man older than 65 years, restrict drinking up to one drink a day. If you are a man younger than 65 years, do not drink more than two drinks a day.
Enjoy your alcoholic drinks slowly. Drink one to two glasses of water after one drink.
Do not drink on an empty stomach. It is better if you eat your meal or something and then relish your alcohol. You can also have alcohol with food or salads.
Do not take medications along with alcohol. Ask your doctor about the minimum time interval needed between your last medicine dose and alcohol.
Store products that contain alcohol safely, away from the reach of your children. Read the labels to find out which products contain alcohol. Examples include rubbing alcohol, paints, lotions, antifreeze, and some cleaning liquids.