Alcohol Poisoning Causes University of Arkansas Student Hospitalization
It has been a week since Nicholas Brown, 18, attended the Phi Delta Theta party which later resulted in his trip to the hospital emergency room. Both the University of Arkansas and the national office of Phi Delta Lamda report Brown’s blood alcohol level was found to be 0.680.
In all 50 states and the District of Columbia, it is a crime to operate a motor vehicle with a BAC higher than 0.08.
Since learning of the incident on Tuesday, Phi Delta Theta officials have been working in conjunction with the University of Arkansas and local alumni officers to conduct a thorough investigation. The chapter’s operations have been suspended by the University and Phi Delta Theta Fraternity for the remainder of the investigation. This includes all new member and social activities of the chapter.
Brown was pledging at the house. He is reported to have consumed large amounts of alcohol before his girlfriend picked him up and walked him to his dorm. He is reported to have stumbled, falling and busting his lip. He was then taken to emergency room.
Alcohol poisoning is a dangerous condition which can lead to death. It often occurs after binge drinking (defined as rapidly downing five drinks or more in a row). The excess alcohol in the body can lead to changes in breathing, heart rate and gag reflex and potentially lead to coma and death.
The signs and symptoms of alcohol poisoning include confusion or stupor, vomiting, seizures, slow (less than eight breaths a minute) or irregular breathing, blue-tinged or pale skin, low body temperature (hypothermia), and unconsciousness ("passing out"). Not all symptoms need to be present for the person to need medical attention. Any person who is unconscious or can't be roused is at risk of dying.
A person with alcohol poisoning needs immediate medical attention. If you suspect someone has alcohol poisoning, call 911. Treatment will usually consists of providing breathing support and intravenous fluids and vitamins until the alcohol is completely eliminated from the body.
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