Al­co­hol poi­son­ing is se­ri­ous

The Miracle - - Fiji News - Source; fi­

THE deaths of sev­eral young men from al­co­hol-re­lated in­ci­dents in the past week have made some of us ques­tion where our so­ci­ety is head­ing. These men have loved ones and fam­i­lies who are dis­traught at the sense­less deaths that could have been avoided. Ear­lier this week a 30-year-old man was found dead af­ter his body was found mo­tion­less at the Naibita Vil­lage bus stop in Tailevu. The man was pro­nounced dead on ar­rival af­ter he was rushed to the hos­pi­tal. Chief op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer ACP Maretino Qi­olevu said in a sep­a­rate in­ci­dent a male vic­tim who was heav­ily in­tox­i­cated was rushed to the Colo­nial War Memo­rial Hos­pi­tal (CWMH) af­ter fall­ing from the edge of Struan St round­about and landed on the Flea Mar­ket car park. The man is un­der ob­ser­va­tion at the hos­pi­tal. Both in­ci­dents were al­co­hol-re­lated. In yet an­other case a man was found dead af­ter a drink­ing party at Si­nu­sevou set­tle­ment on Ka­davu. Au­thor­i­ties could only cau­tion the pub­lic to be mind­ful of their al­co­hol in­take when cel­e­brat­ing the fes­tive sea­son. It isn’t against the law to par­take in al­co­hol but it will in­volve the law when it cost your life. “I know we all want to en­joy our­selves but please be re­spon­si­ble. The po­lice will keep a close watch on all ma­jor cen­tres around the coun­try and also on our roads, “ACP Qi­olevu said. As we saw of the year 2018, we re­mind Fi­jians of the dan­gers of binge drink­ing and more im­por­tantly on al­co­hol poi­son­ing which has been the cause of some deaths in the coun­try. Al­co­hol poi­son­ing is a se­ri­ous — and some­times deadly — con­se­quence of drink­ing large amounts of al­co­hol in a short pe­riod of time. Ac­cord­ing to med­i­cal ex­perts, drink­ing too much too quickly can af­fect your breath­ing, heart rate, body tem­per­a­ture and gag re­flex and po­ten­tially lead to a coma and death. Some of the symp­toms of al­co­hol poi­son­ing in­clude: Con­fu­sion, Vom­it­ing, Seizures Slow breath­ing (less than eight breaths a minute) Ir­reg­u­lar breath­ing (a gap of more than 10 sec­onds be­tween breaths) Low body tem­per­a­ture (hy­pother­mia) Pass­ing out (un­con­scious­ness) and can’t be awak­ened. Ac­cord­ing to May­, a per­son with al­co­hol poi­son­ing who is un­con­scious or can’t be awak­ened is at risk of dy­ing. If you sus­pect that some­one has al­co­hol poi­son­ing from the above symp­toms— seek im­me­di­ate med­i­cal help.

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