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Warning signs for young drinkers

December 15, 2009

Warning signs

Although the cause of South Pasadena High senior Aydin Salek's death has not been determined, the episode spotlights the vulnerability of high school and college students to alcohol. How can you tell if someone needs medical attention for alcohol poisoning? Here are some possible danger signs:

* Seizures

* Slowed breathing (fewer than eight breaths per minute)

* Low temperature

* A pale or bluish tinge to the complexion

* Drinker is difficult to rouse, unconscious or comatose

Source: Mayo Clinic, Times reporting

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