Alcohol intoxication is common in modern society, largely because of its widespread availability. More than 8 million Americans are believed to be dependent on alcohol, and up to 15% of the population is considered at risk. In some studies, more than half of all trauma patients are intoxicated with ethanol at the time of arrival to the trauma center.
Acute intoxication can result in respiratory depression, aspiration, hypotension, and cardiovascular collapse.
Chronic use of alcohol results in hepatic and gastrointestinal injuries. Coma, stupor, respiratory depression, hypothermia, and death can result from high concentrations of acute alcohol intoxication. Chronic alcoholics are also at risk for hypoglycemia.
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