What to Do If Your Friend Has Had Too Much to Drink – Drink Responsibly

You’re out having a few drinks, you realize one of your friends is blackout drunk. How can you tell if it’s a “sleep-it-off” drunk or a “call 9-1-1” drunk? What do you do when someone is passed out drunk?

What to Do If Your Friend Has Had Too Much to Drink – Drink Responsibly

It’s Friday night and you and your friends decide to go partying and have a few to drink. Maybe you played a game of Sociables or had a few intense rounds of Beer Pong. You notice one of your friends is drinking a little more than usual and next thing you know, they’re completely wasted. Perhaps reaching “blackout drunk” territory. So now, you’re wondering what to do.

How do you help a really drunk person? How can you tell whether to call 9-1-1 or just get them a glass of water and a good night’s sleep? Well, here’s a few ways to keep someone safe if they’ve had too much to drink.



What to Do When Someone Has Had Too Much to Drink:
How to Help Someone Who Is Really Drunk


If you notice your friend is getting too drunk, cut them off from drinking more alcohol.

The first thing you want to do is identify that your friend is drunk. Sometimes it can be hard to catch, but here are some ways to tell if someone is drunk.

Once you notice your friend is drunk, cut them off. This one can be a challenge. There’s nothing a drunk person hates more than being told they can’t drink anymore. Try to tell your friend it’s because you care. If the drunk person begins to get angry, ease them out of it by substituting their alcoholic beverage for a non-alcoholic beer or another alcohol-free drink. Most of the time, if they’re hammered, they won’t even be able to tell the difference.


Always be sure to keep a drunk person hydrated.

This is a given. Encourage your drunk friend to drink lots of water and electrolyte drinks like Gatorade (which is basically just adult Pedialyte). This will help them stay hydrated as they flush the alcohol out of their system (by pissing every 2 seconds). It will also help them avoid a gnarly hangover.


Why do I have to pee so much when I drink alcohol?

Alcohol acts as a diuretic, which makes you urinate often. The frequent urination paired with the consumption of alcohol causes dehydration which is why you have that really shitty hangover the next day. Drinking water and Gatorade can keep the body hydrated and help avoid headaches, fatigue and other hangover symptoms.


Get your drunk friend some food (ASAP)!

So, there is truth and myth to the “eating to sober up” method. While it is true that fatty foods tend to slow down the absorption of alcohol – it only really works within 10 minutes of consuming alcohol. While your body is trying to absorb the alcohol from your stomach, your food will basically connect to the alcohol molecules and form an “alcohol/fatty food ball” and basically cause it to absorb into your bloodstream less aggressively.


Why do you feel more sober after eating?

Time was what sobered you up, not necessarily the food. However, eating after drinking excessively can settle the stomach and produce calming effects.


Do not leave your drunk friend alone or allow them to drink and drive!

We can’t stress this one enough. Make sure your drunk/intoxicated friend makes it home in one piece and does not get behind the wheel. For more information on drinking and driving laws in Canada, check out our article on everything you need to know about drunk driving.


What To Do When Someone Is Passed Out Drunk:


If someone passes out while drunk, always check for alcohol poisoning


What is Alcohol Poisoning?

Alcohol Poisoning is a serious, potentially deadly, condition that occurs when one’s blood alcohol reaches dangerously high levels. When alcohol is consumed, it enters the stomach and small intestine where it then gets absorbed into the bloodstream.


How to Check For Alcohol Poisoning

Remember the acronym: CUPS

C: Clammy skin or blue skin.

U: Unconsciousness or unable to be roused. (Try firmly rubbing the chest)

P: Puking uncontrollably.

S: Slow and/or irregular breathing.

If a person shows any of these signs after a night of drinking, cannot walk or speak clearly, call 9-1-1 immediately.


Always put a heavily intoxicated person in “Safe Position”

Roll the intoxicated person onto their side or stomach. Never leave an intoxicated person passed out on their back. This way, if they begin to vomit in their sleep, they are less likely to choke on their own vomit.


Never leave a drunk person alone while passed out.

This should seem pretty self-explanatory, but never leave someone who is passed out and drunk alone. If you can, stay with them and check on them periodically while they sleep or call for help/assistance.


If you’re unsure what to do or you are also intoxicated, always call for help.

We’re sure you’ve heard it before, but it is better to be safe than sorry. If you or your friend are too incapacitated to care for yourselves, call emergency services.

Always be transparent with the emergency medical responder about how much alcohol has been consumed, whether drinks had been mixed and/or the consumption of any substances other than alcohol.


Drug & Alcohol Emergency Hotlines

Ambulance/Police/Fire: 9-1-1 (Canada/USA) | 999 (UK)

Poison Control Centre: +1 800-332-1414 (Canada) | 1-800-222-1222 (USA)


For more information on how to be safe while enjoying alcohol, check out these other articles you might like. Have fun but always Be safe, beer geeks.

Shit Drunk People Say – How to Tell When Someone is Drunk
How to Prevent, Ease and Get Rid of a Hangover After a Night of Drinking
Drinking and Driving in Canada – Stats and Other Things You Need to Know

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