Acute alcohol intoxication

Luisa Vonghia, Lorenzo Leggio, Anna Ferrulli, Marco Bertini, Giovanni Gasbarrini, Giovanni Addolorato

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Acute alcohol intoxication is a clinically harmful condition that usually follows the ingestion of a large amount of alcohol. Clinical manifestations are heterogeneous and involve different organs and apparatuses, with behavioral, cardiac, gastrointestinal, pulmonary, neurological, and metabolic effects. The management of an intoxicated patient occurs mainly in the emergency department and is aimed at stabilizing the clinical condition of the patient, depending on his/her clinical presentation. One specific drug that is useful in the treatment of acute alcohol intoxication is metadoxine, which is able to accelerate ethanol excretion. In patients presenting an acute alcohol intoxication, alcohol-related disorders should be detected so that the patient can be directed to an alcohol treatment unit, where a personalized, specific treatment can be established.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)561-567
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Journal of Internal Medicine
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2008


  • Acute alcohol intoxication
  • Alcohol-induced disorders
  • Emergency care
  • Metadoxine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine


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