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What to do in an Emergency

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If someone drinks too much or has an adverse reaction while drinking, it is very important they receive professional help as soon as possible. Quick responses can save lives...


If you are in this situation:

Call an ambulance. Dial 111. Don't delay because you think you or your friend might get into trouble. Ambulance officers are not obliged to involve the police.

Stay with the person until the ambulance arrives.

Ensure the person gets enough air by keeping crowds back and opening windows. Loosen tight clothing. Keep them warm- use blankets or a coat (but not too warm).

If the person is unconscious, don't leave them on their back - they could choke. Clear any vomit away from their mouth.

Turn them on their side and into the recovery position. Gently tilt their head back so their tongue does not block their airway.

If breathing has stopped, give mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. If there is no pulse, apply CPR.

Provide the ambulance officers with as much information as you can - what they have been drinking, how much they have been drinking, and any pre-existing medical conditions that you know the person has.



Ignore someone who is unconscious or vomiting.

Give someone fluids (even water) if you think they're in shock or unconscious.

Leave someone alone, especially if they are unconscious.


How To Tell If Someone has Alcohol Poisoning:

If the person is breathing less than twelve times per minute or stops breathing for periods of ten seconds or more.

If the person is asleep and you are unable to wake them up.


Look at the person's skin. If it is cold, clammy, pale, bluish in colour.


If you have questions about drinking - your own or someone else's - please call 0800-787-797 The Alcohol Helpline - it's free.