November 26, 2012
We all have that one friend that never seems to get drunk. We might never fully understand how these so-called high-functioning alcoholics can ingest all that booze without “losing it”. But their tolerance is not the concern of our discussion today. The point is that though there are others who can handle their affairs with cool nonchalance, there are drinkers out there whose drunkenness border unconsciousness. Sleeping intoxicated is a bad thing to begin with, and waking up a sloshed person is a hard thing to do, especially if cooperation is not present.
One bad way to make sure that a person sobers up after a drinking session is to make him drink coffee. Caffeine is known as a central nervous system stimulant and is very effective in making people alert and sleepless if need be. But using this to reduce intoxication will only result in getting the person increasingly anxious and on edge. The caffeine-alcohol combination will lead to unpleasant stimuli, so it would be best if you leave coffee out of these kinds of situations.
Splashing water on the face of an unconscious, intoxicated person is a big no-no. Unconsciousness due to alcoholic beverages is state that is far from a sober person who is on his regular sleep. Soaking the person’s face can only end with the individual getting a cold or fever, especially if icy water is used. What’s bad about this technique is that there’s no guarantee that you’ll succeed in waking the guy up. You’ll only end up giving up the guy a nagging headache in the following day. Don’t ever resort to this silly, useless method.
Shaking an intoxicated person by the shoulder or tapping his back while trying to wake him up is one sure way to pick up a fight or a bruised eye. Remember that a drunken person is disoriented as to who, where and how he is in his present state of mind; one must try to limit touching the person as he may feel violated and/or threatened.
Myths abound regarding the application of talcum powder to the face of a drunken individual to reverse the effects of alcohol. It’s been said that, to achieve the desired effect, talc should be spread on the person’s cheeks. This process can be rather dangerous because the intoxicated person can suffer from a serious allergic reaction if he ends up inhaling too much talc. Would you really risk such a response just to wake a person up? Though many people practice this, there are no underlying explanations as to how this process came about.
Lastly, the act of shouting to awaken an intoxicated person is never an option. This can be interpreted as a violent approach. The person is oblivious to his surroundings and making an effort to wake him up using this method can cause a rift between friends, which could eventually create unnecessary conflict. Except for life-or-death situations, never interrupt the sleep of an intoxicated person. Let him be, and just hope that an aching migraine won’t be the first thing that greets him in the morning when he wakes up on his own.