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Alcohol Effects in Nonalcoholic Adults

Blood Ethanol (Alcohol) Concentration (mg/dL) Impairment
20-50 Impaired fine motor function
50-10 Impaired judgment and coordination
100-150 Difficulty walking and balance
150-200 Lethargy
300 Coma
400 Respiratory depression
500 Potential Death

These are estimates. The doctor may modify depending on the individual.

Reference: Birnbaumer, Bessen. Alcohols and Glycols. In: Rosen et al, eds. Emergency Medicine - Concepts and Clinical Practice, 3rd ed. St. Louis: Mosby; 1990:2520.

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Avrom Simon, MD; Board Certified Preventative Medicine with Subspecialty in Occupational Medicine


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