Ahmed’s parents arrive two hours after Ahmed entered the ED. They arrived just in time to watch the intubation tube be removed and a nasal cannula put on. After reviewing Ahmed’s family history, medical records and test results, the ED physician diagnoses him with alcohol poisoning. Knowing that Ahmed’s family has a history of addiction and heart disease, the physician takes time to speak with Ahmed and his parents about his lifestyle.
Ahmed’s lifestyle consists of binge drinking, poor diet, lack of exercise and stress. Abusing alcohol with little to no food increased the amount of alcohol in his system leading to alcohol poisoning. Binge drinking doesn’t allow Ahmed’s body to process the alcohol quickly enough. Binge drinking may lead to physical and health-related problems, such as accidents, injuries, coordination problems, lack of spatial awareness and concentration, along with high blood pressure, heart disease, brain damage and abdominal pain.
Internet Research: Define alcohol poisoning.
Internet Research: What is the difference between binge drinking, moderate alcohol consumption, heavy alcohol consumption, alcohol use disorder, and alcoholism?
Internet Research: Pick 3 of the myths from below and explain why they are NOT true:
“Beer before liquor, never been sicker – liquor before beer, you’re in the clear.”
“Taking ibuprofen before heavy drinking can reduce the effects of a hangover.”
“Drinking coffee, eating or taking a cold shower will help sober you up.”
“Vomiting helps sober you up and can prevent hangovers.”
“The best thing to do for someone who is drunk is to put him/her to bed and let them sleep it off.”
Nasal Cannula: A tube inserted into the nose to deliver oxygen.
(“Nasal Cannula” Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health Miller-Keane, n.d. Web. 27 Oct. 2020.)
Spatial Awareness: Knowing where your body is in relation to objects or other people.