Iowa Poison Control Center
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Alcohol Poisoning

Alcohol poisoning is common in children year-round. The incidence increases during the holiday season when they have access to leftover cocktails. Children often imitate adults and they will drink partially filled glasses regardless of the contents. Always empty beverage glasses or punch bowls of alcoholic beverages as soon as guests leave and place them out of the reach of curious kids. Children are much more sensitive to alcohol than adults. Alcohol is found in beer, wine and distilled liquor, such as vodka, whiskey, rum or bourbon. Perfume, cologne, and aftershave make nice gifts for adults, but also contain very concentrated amounts of alcohol. Do not leave these packages within reach of children. Vanilla and almond extracts also have a high alcohol content. Make sure to keep all of these products out of the reach of children

 

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