Friday, April 29, 2011

What are the features of Acute Alcohol Intoxication

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According to the ICD 10 diagnostic criteria, Acute alcohol intoxication is defined as A transient condition following administration of alcohol, resulting in disturbance of level of consciousness, cognition, perception, affect (mood) or behavior.

It is usually a dose related phenomena. More you drink, more chance of becoming intoxicated. If a person has underlying organic problems, such as renal failure or hepatic failure then alcohol intoxication may occur in less than normal doses of alcohol. In addition, some people are more prone to get alcohol intoxication, due to their genetic makeup.

Alcohol intoxication is a transient phenomena, that means it usually goes away once the blood alcohol concentration drops. In addition, recovery from alcohol intoxication is complete.

But pathological alcohol intoxication is different from normal acute alcohol intoxication.


ICD – 10 Diagnostic guidelines

Further reading on alcohol related issues

1. What is acute alcohol intoxication emedicine health article.

2. How alcohol affects mental health

3. Signs of alcohol abuse

4. Symptoms and treatment of of delirium tremens : - A condition seen during alcohol withdrawal syndrome. This can become a medical emergency.

5. What is wernickes encephalopathy and Korsakoff's psychosis : - Another condition associated with alcohol abuse. It is a condition that will result in memory loss.

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Dr. Manura Nanayakkara is a Medical doctor working in Sri Lanka. He graduated from the Faculty of Medicine University of Colombo in 2005. In addition to his undergraduate medical degree, he holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychiatry. He completed his postgraduate degree in 2011. 

Work Experience

He started to work as a medical internist in the District general Hospital Nawalapitiya in the Kandy district (central Sri Lanka) in 2006. Following his basic training, he started to work in a Rural hospital in Akuressa (Southern part of Sri Lanka). During that period he used to treat wide variety of diseases in this rural community.

Due to his interest in the field of Psychiatry, he entered into the Diploma in Psychiatry course conducted by the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo. It is the only Postgraduate medical institute in Sri Lanka.

Currently he is undergoing training in MD psychiatry program leading to specialist in the field of psychiatry.