Podcast #376: Alcohol Intoxication - The Emergency Medical Minute

Educational Pearls:


  • Blood concentrations over 0.4 mg/dL  is associated with respiratory depression and possible death in alcohol naive patients
  • Alcohol overdose accounts to 2,200 deaths per year
  • Don’t forget about checking for hypoglycemia in severe alcohol intoxication
  • Consider ketamine for agitation to prevent further respiratory depression


Editor’s note: check out our podcast on ketamine for alcohol withdrawal here


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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “Vital signs: binge drinking prevalence, frequency, and intensity among adults-United States, 2010.” MMWR. Morbidity and mortality weekly report 61.1 (2012): 14.

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