Alcohol and Drug Overdose

If any of these signs occur, get help — don’t do it alone. Alcohol poisoning and drug overdoses can lead to death. Stay with the person until help arrives.

Signs of an Overdose

Signs of Alcohol Overdose / Alcohol Poisoning

  • Breathing slower than normal or irregularly
  • Passed-out or semi-conscious and cannot be awakened
  • Cold, clammy, pale or bluish skin color
  • Vomiting

Signs of Drug Overdose

  • Shallow breathing or not breathing at all
  • Snoring or gurgling sounds (this can mean that a person’s airway is partly blocked)
  • Blue lips or fingertips
  • Floppy arms and legs
  • No response to stimulus
  • Disorientation
  • Can’t be woken up / unconsciousness
Good Samaritan Policy

In the event of a medical emergency, you will not face disciplinary consequences for drinking or using other drugs — and neither will the person you’re helping — just because you’re calling for help. Learn more.