When is inpatient care indicated to treat alcohol toxicity?

Updated: Jan 05, 2021
  • Author: Michael D Levine, MD; Chief Editor: Jeter (Jay) Pritchard Taylor, III, MD  more...
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Patients with ethanol intoxication can usually be observed until they are no longer clinically intoxicated and then discharged. Patients with isopropanol ingestion may require observation in the hospital.  Patients with significant ingestions of toxic alcohols require hospital admission in a closely monitored setting such as the intensive care unit. Patients who are alcoholics may be at risk of alcohol withdrawal if admitted to the hospital. Patients with known or suspected methanol or ethylene glycol intoxication should be monitored closely, probably in an intensive care unit.


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