Author: Kristina Neu
Course Summary
The amount of alcohol that is needed to cause intoxication, and its effects, vary greatly from person to person. People who drink regularly in high amounts are more tolerant of alcohol, and women tend to become intoxicated more easily than men. Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant and a respiratory depressant, and it can lower blood pressure and cause the blood sugar to drop to dangerously low levels, especially in children. Acute alcohol intoxication is not considered a medical emergency unless the patient is having difficulty breathing, is hypotensive, or experiencing severe hypoglycemia. In some cases, someone who is acutely intoxicated will need to be monitored closely and provided with supportive care. Health care professionals need to be familiar with some basic facts and information about alcohol and the risks associated with its misuse.
After completing this inservice, the learner will be able to:
  • Identify some of the causes of alcohol misuse
  • Explain the serious health problems caused by chronic alcohol misuse
  • Describe areas of concern when caring for an intoxicated patient
Course Syllabus
  • Introduction
  • Alcohol as an Intoxicating Agent
  • Alcohol Intoxication
  • Effects of Alcohol Intoxication
  • Blood Alcohol Levels and Effects on Behavior
  • Alcohol Elimination
  • Managing Acute Intoxication
  • Alcohol Use and Risk Factors
  • Alcohol Use Disorder
  • Severe Alcohol Use
  • Etiology of Alcohol Use Disorder
  • Effects of Chronic Alcohol Use
  • Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms
  • Case Study: Alcohol Withdrawal
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