In 2004, at least nineteen people of college age died of alcohol toxicity (alcohol poisoning, alcohol overdose).
"There's no place that's actually keeping data on alcohol deaths"--Thomas Kunstman MD
Alcohol Overdose Deaths on Campus or Those Under Age
[decedent's name with link], [age], [DoD], [university] [BAC]
The following list is generated by news reports listing cause of death as alcohol related. I am sure there are more.
- Danny Daniels, 19, January 10, 2006 California State University at Fresno, BAC 0.34
- Wade Phillips, 17, February 2, 2006, Sinagua High School, BAC unknown.
- John Allen Pickett, jr., 20, February 24, 2006, Frostburg State College, BAC unknown.
- Joel Nelson, 20, March 11, 2006, Hampstead, Maryland, BAC 0.37
- Matthew Pearlstone, 19, March 17, 2006, Cornell University, BAC unknown
- Adrian Wayne Hartman, 17, March 24, 2006, Wasilla, Alaska, BAC unknown
- Amanda Berhendt, 16, March 17, 2006, Parma Heights, Ohio, BAC unknown
- Corey Mattison, 18, March 14 2006, Binghampton University, BAC unknown
- Dillan Waterman, 16, March 25, 2006, Dumont, Iowa, BAC 0.32
- Paul Frederick Kuhn, 17, April 15 2006, Lafayette, Tennessee, BAC unknown
- Kenneth E. Elkins, 13, April 16, 2006, Auburn, Washington, BAC 0.37
- Arnauld van den Broghe, ,17, October 27, 2006, Merrill High School, Wisconsin, BAC 0.27
- Jack Allen Reid, 19, November 18 2006, Delaware Township, Delaware, BAC unknown
- Victoria Hickman, 19, November 26 2006, York University, BAC 0.33
- R. Clay Ledford, 22, December 6 2006, Appalachian State University, BAC unknown
- Zachary Dunleavy, 18, December Limestone College, BAC 0.389
- Wesley Allen Croley, 20, December 9, 2006, Alabama Southern Community College, BAC 0.414
Two adults' deaths were also noted:
- David Gaiten, 21,March 21, 2006, Hollister California, BAC unknown
- Rajesh Daj, 26, December 5, 2006, Duke University, BAC unknown
In all cases, my deepest condolences to family and friends.
Signs of Alcohol Poisoning
Alcohol depresses nerves that control involuntary actions such as breathing, the heartbeat and the gag reflex that prevents choking. A fatal dose of alcohol will eventually stop these functions. After the victim stops drinking, the heart keeps beating, and the alcohol in the stomach continues to enter the bloodstream and circulate through the system. The victim may experience the following:
- Mental confusion, stupor, coma, unable to rouse the person
- No response to pinching the skin
- Vomiting while sleeping or unresponsive
- Slowed breathing (fewer than 8 breaths per minute)
- Irregular breathing (10 seconds or more between breaths)
- Hypothermia (low body temperature), bluish skin color, paleness
Alcohol Poisoning Requires Immediate Medical Attention
Alcohol Poisoning Cannot Be Reversed By:
- Drinking black coffee
- Taking a cold bath or shower
- Walking it off
The victim must have immediate medical attention.
Call 911, stay with the victim to prevent him choking on vomit, and tell emergency personnel how much alcohol the victim drank.
These Children Died of Alcohol Overdose, So Their Parents Started Foundations:
Taylor Webster's memorial foundation. Taylor died of alcohol poisoning at age 19-- Now his family and friends are working to get the message out, telling their stories and providing information on alcohol poisoning and the signs and symtoms of alcohol poisoning in hopes that lives will be saved.
Bradley McCue's memorial foundation. On November 5, 1998 Bradley turned 21. . He celebrated his birthday in a way that has become increasingly popular, drinking "his age in shots". That amount of alcohol was lethal and he died that night of alcohol poisoning.
Samantha Spady's memorial foundation. A 19-year old student at Colorado State University, Spady died of alcohol poisoning on September 5, 2004, "an unintentional tragedy." The Spadys say the SAM [Student Alcohol Management] Spady Foundation will develop peer-to-peer counseling and other services meant to reduce the risk of alcohol abuse.
Gordie Bailey's memorial foundation Mission: to provide today’s youth with the skills to navigate the dangers of alcohol, and through education and promotion of self worth prevent alcohol poisoning, binge drinking and hazing.
Kimberly Ostien's memorial foundation: "With binge drinking on the rise, we feel it necessary to get the message out on the danger of alcohol, especially excessive alcohol consumed in a short period of time. Students are educated on drugs and alcohol but they will continue to experiment no matter what. We want to educate on what to do when a friend falls down or passes out from drinking. Often we want to put that person to bed to sleep it off and that is when the trouble can begin." The card lists the information, above.