IV Fluids for alcohol intoxication

There is no good evidence to support the use of IV fluids in resuscitation of patients with uncomplicated acute alcohol intoxication.  

I’m just drunk NOT vitamin deficient so stop with the ‘bananas’

Most of our intoxicated patients are not vitamin deficient and don’t need supplementation. The real kicker is that we almost never really try to find out if the patient might be a chronic abuser and potentially at risk. We just hang the bag. Remember, everything we do in medicine has a potential downside. And if […]

Alcohol withdrawal – the Clinical Institute Withdrawal Assessment of Alcohol Scale, Revised (CIWA-Ar)

For those dealing with alcohol withdrawal in Kenya…the Clinical Institute Withdrawal Assessment of Alcohol Scale, Revised (CIWA-Ar) objectifies alcohol withdrawal symptoms to help guide therapy; patients should be scored every 2 hours; frequently treatment begins with benzodiazepines when CIWA-Ar scores reach 8-10, with standing or as needed dosing for scores 10-20 consider transfer to the […]

Were James Bond’s drinks shaken because of alcohol induced tremor?

After exclusion of days when Bond was unable to drink, his weekly alcohol consumption was 92 units a week, over four times the recommended amount. His maximum daily consumption was 49.8 units. He had only 12.5 alcohol free days out of 87.5 days on which he was able to drink.

Treating delirium tremens

Introduction Recently the New England Journal published a review article about delirium tremens which is somewhat misguided (see a scathing critique by The Poison Review).  The article focused on traditional benzodiazepine therapy, overlooking recent evidence about phenobarbital.  This post will explore how phenobarbital might fit into the treatment regimen for delirium tremens.

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