Intoxication is a temporary and reversible condition that affects
the central nervous system after a person ingests certain substances, such as
alcohol or drugs. Intoxication affects judgment, the ability to think clearly,
People who are intoxicated may become belligerent, aggressive
(including sexually aggressive), or quiet and may not be able to perform work,
family, or social responsibilities. Physical signs of intoxication include
slurred speech, clumsiness, and problems with memory and attention. Some people
who are intoxicated pass out. Severe intoxication can be a serious threat to
health, and it can even cause death.
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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