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What can a bad experience when drinking alcohol feel like?

If you …

Then …

Have difficulty concentrating

Have flushed skin (rosy/red)

Feel drowsy or groggy

Feel agitated or irritable

Feel dehydrated

Have slow reaction times

Slur your speech

Have mood swings

Are aggressive

Have blurred vision or trouble seeing straight

Feel nauseous

Make risky decisions or judgements

Have stomach-aches

Have headaches

Have diarrhoea

Feel uncoordinated or fall over

Try these things at home:

  • Focus on breathing – try taking slow, deep breaths.
  • If you are able, call and talk to somebody you trust and ask them to help keep you calm.
  • Do not take more alcohol or other drugs, as these can make you feel worse.
  • Move to somewhere quiet – try to sit or lie down and do something relaxing.
  • Drink water to stay hydrated.

Feel very hot or very cold

Are dehydrated

Have intense emotions

Experience memory loss

Are severely confused

Have severe headaches

Have severe stomach-aches

Have severe nausea or vomiting

Are injured

Call a doctor or Healthline (0800 611 116)

They can talk you through the next steps. 

Experience hypothermia

Have pale, bluish skin and lips

Are unresponsive (in a stupor)

Have difficulty breathing

Act violently

Show signs of a heart attack (chest pain, numbness in limbs)

Lose consciousness

Are choking (usually on vomit)

Have a seizure

Are severely injured

Are not breathing

Call 111  

These are signs of alcohol poisoning or that something is seriously wrong. You or the people around you should act quickly.


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