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Definition of Poisoning, alcohol

Poisoning, alcohol: A condition in which a toxic amount of alcohol (ethanol, ethyl alcohol) has been drunk, usually in a short period of time. The toxicity is related to the blood level of the alcohol.

The individual may become extremely disoriented, unresponsive or unconscious, with shallow breathing.

Because alcohol poisoning can be fatal, emergency treatment is needed.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=15498
Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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