Ethanol (typical Drinking Alcohol)

Etiology

  • Degree of intoxication based on qty
  • Chronicity of intake
  • Function of metabolic pathways

Symptoms

  • Excited
  • Agitation
  • Socially uninhibited
  • Impaired judgement
  • Aggressive behavior
  • W/spectrum from hallucinations to sedation to somnolence if severe
  • + Osmolar gap and +AG met acidosis

Physical Exam Findings

  • Slurred speech
  • Ataxia
  • Respiratory suppression if severe
  • Characteristic odor
  • Aggitation to sedation

Tests