it is not uncommon that you may get an alcohol poisoning in Bali. You may have heard the scary stories of people suffering from tainted cocktails. Especially from consuming the local brewed Arak. Here is the low-down on how to stay safe, and what to look for if you think you may have methanol poisoning.

But for anyone who overindulges with alcohol, it’s still important to know the difference between mild alcohol poisoning symptoms and a hangover the next day.

One of these conditions is extremely dangerous and can even be fatal, while the other makes for a lousy next day after drinking alcohol.

Knowing the signs and symptoms of each, and how to treat them can help save a life, or make it possible to crawl into work and make it through the day.

Spotting the Difference
Both alcohol poisoning and hangovers share some of the same symptoms. However, alcohol poisoning is a much more dangerous situation that requires medical attention. Hangovers can be uncomfortable and unpleasant for a short period of time. Alcohol poisoning, on the other hand, can potentially lead to death if it’s not spotted in time.



Recognizing the symptoms of alcohol poisoning can potentially save someone’s life.

Someone who’s been drinking whose lips, fingers or skin look pale and blue or if attempts to wake them up have failed, the situation can be dire and they need immediate medical treatment.

Other Symptoms of Alcohol Poisoning include:

  • A staggering, precarious gait
  • Dehydration – from mild to extreme
  • Severe confusion
  • Sustained vomiting, even when it becomes “dry heaves”
  • Irregularities in breathing, such as shallow breathing or
    prolonged pauses in breathing
  • Decreased body temperature, which is a sign of hypothermia
  • Chills
  • Cold, clammy, or blue skin
  • Drop in blood pressure
  • Increase in heart rate
  • Going in and out of consciousness or passing out cold
  • Seizures
  • Coma

Looking at all of these symptoms, the most important ones to remember spell “CUPS.”

  • C – Cold, clammy skin
  • U – Unresponsive or unconscious
  • P – Puking
  • S – Slow or shallow breathing

If a person displays all of these signs, there’s a good chance they have alcohol poisoning.

In these situations, acting quickly and calling for an ambulance is crucial. A person with symptoms of alcohol poisoning must be placed in an upright position or on their side to prevent them from asphyxiation from their own vomit.

A person showing signs of alcohol poisoning should never be left alone or unattended until help has arrived. If medical help will take too long to arrive, the person should be immediately taken to a medical facility.