Ethanol causes CNS depression that is synergistic with other CNS depressants and potentially lethal. It is frequently co-ingested with other agents during deliberate self-poisoning and the history of alcohol co-ingestion may not forthcoming unless specific enquiry is made. Care is supportive.
- Baselt RC. Disposition of toxic drugs and chemicals in man. 5th edn. Chemical Toxicology Institute, Foster City, California, 2000.
- O’Connor PG, Schottenfeld RS. Patients with alcohol problems. New England Journal of Medicine 1998; 338(9):592-602.
- Tjipto AC, Taylor DMcD, Liew H. Alcohol use among young adults presenting to the emergency department. Emergency Medicine Australasia 2006; 18(2):125-130.
- Lieber CS. Medical disorders of alcoholism. New England Journal of Medicine 1995; 333(16):1058-1065