Signs of Alcohol Intoxication


Alcohol affects people in different ways. Intoxication is the result of alcohol entering the bloodstream faster than can be metabolized by the body. Everyone’s tolerance level and body weight are different. These two factors help gauge the level of intoxication within every living being. The effects of alcohol usually include euphoria, social inhibition, and impaired judgment. Below you will see other examples of what to expect when viewing someone who is intoxicated.


  • Stands with feet wide apart for balance.
  • Leans against a structure for support.
  • Fumbles with wallet or money.
  • Slurs or trips over words while ordering.
  • Spilling drink.
  • Difficulty drinking.
  • Stumbles and bumps into stationary objects.

Reduced Judgment and Inhibitions:

  • Overly Friendly.
  • Becomes overly excited.
  • Speaks loudly and/or profanely.
  • Throws objects.
  • Giggles or laughs for no apparent reason.
  • Annoying others.
  • Careless with money.
  • Loss of train of thought.


  • Red or watery eyes.
  • Droopy eyelids or tired appearance.
  • Squints continuously.
  • Closes or covers one eye to remove double vision.
  • Lack of eye focus.

Reflexes & Reactions:

  • Slow or deliberate movements.
  • Slow or no response to questions.
  • Slow or no reaction to actions such as spilling a beer on oneself.
  • Slurred Speech.
  • Decreased Alertness.
  • Quick, slow, or fluctuating pace of speech.


  • Frequently rubs hands through face and hair.
  • Sometimes has involuntary eye movement.
  • Frequent trips to the bathroom.
  • Strong, stale odor of alcohol.
  • Sweating.
  • Flushed face.