Alcohol First Aid
Four top first aid tips to deal with alcohol-related accidents
- If you are at the scene of an accident, call the emergency services as soon as possible. Once you’ve called for help, if the person who needs it is unconscious, make sure their airway is open. If they are sick and their throat or tongue becomes blocked with vomit, they can choke and stop breathing.
- If the person is breathing, place them in the recovery position. If they aren’t breathing, perform chest compressions and breathe into their mouth.
- If someone is bleeding, apply pressure to the wound using a clean cloth or piece of clothing. If they’re in shock, lay them down, and raise and support the injured limb.
- If someone is burned or scalded, cool the affected area in cold running water for at least 10 minutes, then cover the wound with a clean, non-fluffy cloth to prevent infection.
Alcohol First Aid Tips
- Too much alcohol can lead to a higher risk of falls and accidents as well as vomiting and even unconsciousness
- If someone has collapsed it is useful to place the person on their side with their knees bent (recovery position), lowering the risk of the person choking if they then vomit
- Too much alcohol can increase the chances of a person becoming too cold
- Too much alcohol can increase the chances of a person becoming very cold so place a coat or blanket around them if in a cold place
- If a person is bleeding pressing clean material over the area can help to stop the blood.
- Always phone 999 for an ambulance should the person not respond to you or has hurt themselves badly
- It is also important to remember that the person who is drinking a lot can’t just stop one day, particularly if they have been drinking every day. This can be dangerous, and this process needs to be managed carefully with the help of a doctor or nurse.
Alcohol related accidents facts
- Accident victims who have been drinking suffer more serious injuries than those who haven’t (8).
- Younger people are more likely to have an alcohol-related accident than older people (9).
- 280 people were killed in drink drive accidents in 2012, an increase of around 17 per cent compared with 2011 and accounting for 16 per cent of all road deaths in Great Britain (10).