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How to Take Care of An Intoxicated Person

by on Friday, January 15th, 2021


Coming across someone who has had too much to drink can be stressful, especially if you are unsure what to do. Whether the person is conscious or unconscious, you can do several things to ensure their safety until they sober up. Properly helping them can even save their life. Once you have helped them sober up and get comfortable, you can also talk to them about any concerns you may have about their drinking. Learning what to do when someone is intoxicated can ensure that you are ready to help a friend in need. 

Know the Signs

First, you need to educate yourself on the signs of intoxication. Some individuals can hold their alcohol well, hiding how much they have had to drink. However, you can often tell by examining them for specific signs. Common signs someone is intoxicated and needs help include:

  • Strange behavior
  • Not speaking properly
  • Glazed over eyes
  • Poor motor skills and coordination
  • Vomiting
  • State of unconsciousness

If you notice these signs in someone around you, do what you can to get them to a safe place and begin helping them sober up. By doing this, you can ensure the safety of their health and their environment.

Alcohol Poisoning

Being drunk is one thing, with the consequences usually being a hangover the following morning. However, a person can drink too much and get alcohol poisoning, which is extremely harmful to one’s health. If someone exhibits any of the following symptoms, call 911 immediately:

  • Vomiting
  • Low body temperature
  • Slow/irregular breathing
  • Mental confusion
  • Pale or blue skin
  • Seizures or shaking
  • Passing out or being in a coma

Stay By the Person

Do not leave an intoxicated person alone, as they could wander off and get lost or seriously injured, especially if they may suffer health problems due to their intoxication. Stay with them as much as you can, and if you cannot, then have another friend that is sober sit with them until you can come back.

Food and Water

Make sure that the person does not consume any more alcohol, as this could exacerbate the situation. Get food and water into them as quickly as possible. Offer something light, such as saltine crackers or bread, and make sure you are offering them water. If they argue with you because they think you are telling them what to do, offer to take them to get something to eat. This can help them stop drinking and get food in their system without them thinking you are telling them what to do.

Place Them in the Recovery Position

If the intoxicated person wants to lie down or is unconscious, put them in the recovery position. Lay them on their side with something behind them to rest on to not fall over or rollover to their stomach or back. This position will keep them from choking if they do throw up, which can save their life.

Get the Person Home

When a person is intoxicated, they often cannot look out for the safety of themselves or others. Ensuring they get home safe can not only save their life but the lives of others as well. If you cannot get them home for whatever circumstances, have them stay the night at your house so they can sober up and get home safe the next day.

Talking to the Person After

Don’t try to have a serious conversation with someone while they are intoxicated, even if you are upset or angry. They are in no state to discuss serious matters, and you will most likely be met with resistance. Instead of arguing with them, allow them to sober up and talk to them in the future. You can express your concerns to them if the drinking has become regular by asking them how they are doing and if they need help. The best way to do this is to research how to talk to someone about alcohol abuse to ensure you are doing it correctly.

You can consider starting the conversation with the following phrases:

  • “I am concerned about your drinking.”
  • “Do you find yourself drinking more than you planned?”
  • “How are you feeling lately? I’ve noticed some changes in you.”

Remember to be direct and try not to point blame. If you are causing feelings of anger to arise, this will do nothing to help them get better and heal. Be straightforward and let the person know you care about them and want them to be okay. They will thank you for it in the long run.

When you come across someone that is intoxicated, you may be unsure of what to do. However, the actions you take can significantly impact their lives, as unforeseen circumstances can occur when someone has consumed excessive amounts of alcohol. At Restorations Therapy, we are here to educate those struggling with alcohol abuse as well as their friends and family to ensure they will always be safe. If you find yourself going down a dark road that you want to turn away from, don’t hesitate to contact us. We can help you heal by using our philosophy of treating the whole person. You will learn how your behavior and underlying psychological aspects play a role in your dependency and addiction, and we can help you get back on track. If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol abuse, reach out to Restorations Therapy. Call us today at (720) 446-6585.

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