Ethanol is oxidized in the liver to very toxic aldehydes, which in turn disintegrate to carboxylic acids and, after several intermediate reactions, carbon dioxide and water are formed. Estimated as an intermediate compound ethanal (acetaldehyde) is extremely toxic, which, entering into the reaction, forms alkaloids. The latter is similar to strong narcotic substances.
There is no certain amount of alcohol, the excess of which leads to alcohol poisoning. In addition to the amount of drunk, his offensive depends on the age, gender, weight, the state of human health, from which speed, alcohol was drinking and how much it was eaten.
Ordinary symptoms of alcoholic poisoning — vomiting and convulsions, confused state of consciousness and inability to communicate, slow down breathing (less than 8 breaths per minute), nehythmic breathing (break between inhams of 10 seconds and more), low body temperature, and pallor and skin sinusiness . In addition, the loss of coordination and consciousness is characteristic.