Alcohol poisoning is an overdose of alcohol. Alcohol poisoning is deadly. The brain begins to
shut down involuntary functions that regulate breathing and heart rate, sometimes resulting in
death. The amount of alcohol that causes alcohol poisoning is different for every person. It is
not possible to accurately predict for each person what amount will cause an overdose.
Alcohol poisoning is not pretty - it involves crude, bodily functions, bad smell, and messes. It
typically involves one of two things:
1. The person stopped breathing. The depressant level of the alcohol was so high that the
drinker simply stopped breathing and the heart stopped beating.
2. The person choked on vomit. The drinker passed out, was laying on his/her back, threw
up, and choked on the vomit.
Alcohol poisoning deaths can happen to people of any age. Alcohol poisoning has happened to
people who never drank before, some who typically drink moderately but for a variety of
reasons drank heavily on that one occasion (spring break, hard semester, break up, family issue,
21st birthday, big football game, pre‐partying,...), and some who were heavy drinkers.