Signs of Alcohol Poisoning

If you are ever in a situation where someone might need medical attention Catholic University wants you to be prepared and know your resources.

CUSP is a helpful acronym to help identify possible alcohol poisoning:

  • C - Cold, clammy skin
  • U - Unconsciousness
  • S - Slowed or irregular breathing
  • P - Puking, particularly while passed out

Only one of these symptoms needs to be present for alcohol poisoning.

What should you do if you suspect someone is suffering from alcohol poisoning?

  1. If on campus call DPS at 202-319-5111; if off campus call 911
  2. While waiting for help, turn the intoxicated person on their side and maintain that position by placing a pillow in the small of the person's back. This is important to prevent choking should the person vomit.
  3. Stay with the person until medical help arrives.