We explained briefly already the effects of alcohol on the body. This section will explain how to recognize the signs of an intoxicated person. How could you tell if someone is tipsy, drunk, intoxicated or over-served?
Physical signs of intoxication include:
- Glassy, droopy or bloodshot eyes
- Bloodshot eyes could also be a sign of allergies or another medical condition.
- Noticing how a person smells
- Alcohol has a strong odor that lingers long after alcohol has been consumed on someone’s breath or clothes.
- Impaired motor function
- Someone intoxicated cannot perform normal tasks easily. Walking a straight line, not able to hold a glass steady, fumbling objects and even lighting a cigarette could be difficult.
- Keep in mind that impaired motor function can be a side effect of many other conditions, such as Parkinson's disease or someone who has suffered a stroke.
Behavioral signs of intoxication include:
- Lowered inhibitions
- More talkative than usual, louder, mood swings and the willingness to spend money more freely
- Slurred speech
- Slurred speech is almost always a good sign of intoxication. Especially, if their speech gets to the point when it is difficult to interpret what they are saying.
- Again, slurred speech could be signs of another condition so it’s best not to automatically assume.
- Social interaction
- Foul language, off-color jokes, overly flirtatious are all signs of bad judgment.
- Mood swings
- Being happy and laughing one second to crying and combative the next.