Alcohol (Ethanol) Intoxication, Pediatric

Ann B. Bruner Reviewed 06/2017



  • Acute ingestion (accidental or intended) of alcohol, resulting in loss of inhibition, often associated with unruly/violent behavior, impaired judgment and/or coordination, diminished...



  • Medical: Baseline health will affect patient’s response to alcohol; diabetics, for example, may have worse hypoglycemia.

  • Type and dose of other drugs ingested:

    • Clinical effects of and t...



IV dextrose as needed for hypoglycemia 

Additional Therapies

General Measures

  • Assess airway, breathing, and circulation (ABC).

  • Protect airway: The patient may require intubation and me...

Additional Reading

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Accessed September 1, 2013.

  • Howland  J, Rohsenow  DJ. Risks of energy drinks mixed with...



  • 305.00 Alcohol abuse, unspecified

  • 980.0 Toxic effect of ethyl alcohol


  • F10.929 Alcohol use, unspecified with intoxication, unspecified

  • T51.0X4A Toxic effect of ethanol, undetermined, initi...


  • Q: How quickly is alcohol metabolized?

  • A: The liver metabolizes ∼10 g of ethanol per hour, which corresponds to a decline in BAC of 18–20 mg/dL/h.

  • Q: What is binge drinking in youth?

  • A: For children ...

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