There are several things to keep in mind when dealing with intoxicated friends. Much of this has been adapted from FactsOnTap.org.
STEPS TO TAKE WHEN YOUR FRIEND:
IS VOMITING: Try to keep the person sitting up. If they insist on lying down, make sure they lie on their side. Do not leave them alone.
HAS PASSED OUT: Try to wake them. If you are unable to, put the person on their side and call 911 and then Public Safety.
IS HAVING DIFFICULTY BREATHING: If the person is not breathing normally or if they stop breathing, call 911. Anything under 12 breaths a minute is considered abnormal and points to alcohol poisoning.
IS INJURED: Call 911 for an ambulance, or take your friend to the emergency room yourself. They might not feel pain and tell you they do not require medical assistance. Do not believe them. Unsurprisingly, drunk people don’t always know what’s best for them. Insist that they see a doctor.
HAS A FEVER, CHILLS, OR COLD/PALE/BLUISH SKIN, OR IF THEY ARE VERY SWEATY: Call a doctor, describe these symptoms, and get advice on what to do. This can be done anonymously.
IS BECOMING VIOLENT: Notify the party’s host or a bouncer at the bar. Call the police if the behavior is especially volatile.
SEEMS PARANOID, CONFUSED, DISORIENTED OR UNBALANCED: Take them home and make sure they don’t drink any more alcohol. Try to keep your friend awake and calm.
- ask them to drink lots of water
- have them sit down
- if they want to go to sleep, have them lie on their side
- take their keys
- have them eat bread if they can feed themselves
- stay with them
- let them fall asleep on their stomach or back
- force them to drink or eat
- be bossy, argue
- grab their drink away
- leave them
WHEN TO GET HELP:
- excessive vomiting
- passed out and will not wake up
- skin is bluish, pale and/or sweating
- irregular or slow breathing
[information from FactsOnTap.org]