Elizabeth Para, Intern Counselor, MSOE Counseling Services

A UWM student recently accidentally overdosed on alcohol and drugs. How you can make sure it does not happen to you or anyone else you know!

Symptoms of Alcohol Poisoning

  • Person is unconscious or semiconscious and cannot be awakened
  • Cold, clammy, pale, or bluish skin
  • Check to see if breathing is slow, less than eight times per minute, or irregular, with ten seconds or more between breaths
  • Vomiting while sleeping or passed out or not waking up after vomiting

If a person has any of these symptoms, he or she is suffering from acute alcohol intoxication.

  1. Get help. Call 911, a staff member or public safety.
  2. Do not leave the person alone. Turn the victim on his/her side to prevent choking in case of vomiting.
  3. Always be “better safe than sorry” if you are not sure what to do. Take action to save a life.
  4. Once help arrives, tell them everything you know about what the person drank, when they had their last drink, whether other drugs were ingested, etc.

Additional Resources

MSOE Counseling Services creates monthly newsletters on mental health
concerns and psychological issues. You can view the complete list of downloadable Counseling Services Newsletters.

MSOE Counseling Services is located on the second floor of the Kern
(K-230). To schedule an appointment with a counselor, call (414) 277-7590 or visit the Counseling Services homepage.