Alcoholic intoxication means acute poisoning by extensive alcohol consumption. The acute effects in the brain causes paralysis of the respiratory center, leading without intensive medical intervention often to death. There are blood alcohol concentrations (BAC) of 3.5 per mille (350 mg/dL) and above determined, occasionally more than 5 per mille (500 mg/dL). However, people with rarely alcohol consumption death can occur by less than 3 per mille (300 mg/dL).
Alcohol intoxications are often consequences of drinking bets or lately especially among young people from the so-called "binge drinking."
The alcoholic intoxication is characterized by hypervertilation and hypoglycaemia.