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What is ethanol?
Ethanol is a drug that is also known as ethyl alcohol. It is the type of alcohol found in beer, wine and liquor. Ethanol is also found in some mouthwashes, medications and cooking products.
Drinking a moderate amount of alcohol is safe for adults most of the time. According to the USDA’s 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, a moderate amount of alcohol is one drink a day or less for women or two drinks a day or less for men.
A drink of alcohol is defined as:
Alcohol can be harmful in the following situations:
What happens if you drink too much alcohol?
If you drink too much alcohol at one time you may:
What are the symptoms of alcohol poisoning?
Alcohol poisoning is serious and sometimes deadly. If you have alcohol poisoning you may:
Someone who has had too much to drink may look like they are sleeping soundly, but they can still develop alcohol poisoning while they are asleep. Never leave someone to “sleep off” alcohol poisoning.
What are the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal?
If you drink a lot of alcohol frequently and suddenly stop you can go into alcohol withdrawal. You may:
In serious cases, you may have delirium tremors (DTs). This is a life-threatening condition where you may:
What can you do about alcohol poisoning?
If you have questions about alcohol, alcohol poisoning or alcohol withdrawal, call the poison center at 1-800-222-1222, chat online or text POISON to 85511.
|If you think someone has alcohol poisoning or alcohol withdrawal, or the person has passed out or is not breathing, call 911 right away.|
How can you prevent alcohol poisoning?
Last Updated: Friday March 25th 2016