Patients with acute ethanol intoxication rarely require hospital admission for treatment of this problem alone. However, questions frequently arise over alcoholics who appear clinically sober while still having considerable blood ethanol concentrations. Medical judgment of mental competence should not be confused with any particular blood alcohol (BAC) level. Patients whose intoxication has resolved to the extent that they do not constitute a danger to themselves or others and who will not be responsible for their own transport, may be discharged on their own recognizance or preferably in the company of friends or relatives who can assist them and take some responsibility for their care.

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