Know the signs of alcohol poisoning before Gasparilla weekend

Stay tuned to this live blog to find out what's happening during Gasparilla Pirate Fest, the invasion and parade, on January 26, 2013

(WFLA) — You’ll get your beads and you’ll have some fun, but Gasparilla can be an accident waiting to happen for those who decide to binge drink.

Alcohol poisoning is a big concern for those partaking in the festivities this weekend. Licensed doctor, Jill Hechtman, said knowing what to look for could save a life.

Someone who’s unconscious obviously needs help, but Dr. Jill said there are other initial signs of alcohol poising.

“Someone who is acting a little bit confused. They might be vomiting. They might have dizziness, or [be] slurring their words.”

Dr. Jill said it’s hard to tell the difference between someone who has had too much to drink and someone with alcohol poising. She suggests to err on the side of caution and do whatever necessary to ensure the safety of your loved ones.

Catch Dr. Jill every Wednesday at 4 p.m. on WFLA News Channel 8.

WFLA News Channel 8 will be hosting live coverage of the Gasparilla Invasion and Parade of Pirates. Join Marco, Gayle, Leslee and Leigh 2:30 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 28 live on News Channel 8 and on provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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