Nursing care plan for alcohol intoxication



Alcohol intoxication is the condition that arises due to excessive alcohol consumption, resulting in changes in behavior, mood and coordination. A nursing care plan for alcohol intoxication addresses the patient's immediate needs, such as controlling the symptoms and preventing further harm. This article will provide an overview of the assessment, diagnosis, interventions, and evaluation for alcohol intoxication.


  • History: Patient's history should include current level of intoxication, pattern of alcohol use, other substances used, medications being taken, eating habits, sleep patterns, and any pre-existing medical issues.
  • Physical Exam: Physical examination should assess the patient's vital signs, respiratory rate and effort, heart rate and rhythm, temperature, skin color, signs of dehydration, and laboratory findings.
  • Mental Status Exam: Evaluation of the patient's mental state should include level of alertness, orientation, thought processes, appearance, affect and memory.

Nursing Diagnosis

The nurse should assess the patient and make appropriate nursing diagnoses relating to the patient's alcohol intoxication. Common diagnoses include:

  1. Risk for Injury: The patient is at risk for physical injury due to impaired coordination and balance from alcohol intoxication.
  2. Ineffective Coping: The patient has difficulty coping with the effects of alcohol intoxication, resulting in increased risk for psychological distress.
  3. Impaired Skin Integrity: The patient has a decreased ability to protect their skin from irritation and injury due to alcohol use.


The outcomes should focus on decreasing the patient's risk of injury and providing support to cope with the effects of the alcohol intoxication. Outcomes that should be expected include:

  • The patient will maintain stability of vital signs.
  • The patient will remain free from injury.
  • The patient will demonstrate appropriate coping strategies.


Nursing interventions should be designed to promote safety and improve coping. Examples of interventions include:

  • Monitor the patient's vital signs and level of consciousness to determine the severity of intoxication and ensure the patient's safety.
  • Provide emotional and physical support to help the patient cope with the distress caused by alcohol intoxication.
  • Assess the patient's skin integrity to identify areas of irritation or injury, and implement appropriate interventions to promote healing.


Rationales for these interventions include:

  • Monitoring vital signs allows the nurse to determine the severity of the patient's intoxication and detect any changes in their condition.
  • Providing emotional and physical support helps the patient cope with the distress caused by alcohol intoxication, reduces the risk of suicide or self-harm, and assists with developing healthy coping strategies.
  • Assessing skin integritypromotes healing of any areas of irritation or injury and helps to prevent further skin damage.


The nurse should evaluate the effectiveness of the interventions that were used. Examples include:

  • Assess the patient's vital signs to determine the severity of the intoxication and ensure the patient's safety.
  • Observe the patient for signs of emotional distress to identify areas of improvement in coping.
  • Inspect the patient's skinfor any areas of irritation or injury and make note of any changes over time.


The nursing care plan for alcohol intoxication provides a framework to manage the patient’s immediate needs, while promoting safety and improving the patient’s quality of life. Through assessments, nursing interventions, and evaluations, the nurse can effectively manage the patient’s condition and prevent further harm.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. What is alcohol intoxication?
    Alcohol intoxication is the state of impairment due to excessive alcohol consumption. It can result in impulsive behavior, mood swings, loss of coordination and judgement, as well as physical and psychological distress.
  2. What is the treatment for alcohol intoxication?
    Treatment for alcohol intoxication includes supportive care to reduce the symptoms and preventing further harm. Medical treatment may be required in severe cases.
  3. What are the risks of alcohol intoxication?
    Some of the risks associated with alcohol intoxication include increased risk of accidents, violence, suicide, and long-term health problems such as liver disease, heart disease, and cancer.
  4. What is the purpose of a nursing care plan?
    The purpose of a nursing care plan is to provide a structured approach to assessing and managing a patient's condition. It outlines the path of treatment and identifies the patient's immediate needs to promote safety and improve the patient's quality of life.
  5. What are the goals of a nursing care plan for alcohol intoxication?
    The main goals of a nursing care plan for alcohol intoxication are to increase patient safety and promote healthy coping. The plan should also address any underlying mental health issues that may be contributing to the patient's alcohol use.

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