The Poison Control Center

Alcohol and Tobacco


Alcohol is found in more than just beer and cocktails, and it can be hazardous to children — depending on the type and amount ingested.

Ethyl alcohol is found in aftershave, cologne, perfume, mouthwash (as much as 20 percent), and food extracts (vanilla extract can contain up to 70 percent), in addition to alcoholic beverages.

Depending on the amount ingested, symptoms in young children can range from nausea, vomiting and dizziness to a life-threatening drop in blood sugar levels (also known as hypoglycemia).

If ingestion of alcohol is suspected, call The Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 or call your physician immediately.

Tips to prevent childhood exposure to alcohol


Tobacco products contain nicotine, which can be poisonous to children. Small amounts can cause an upset stomach and vomiting. Larger quantities can result in more serious effects, such as seizures.

If you suspect your child has ingested any tobacco products, call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 or call your physician.

Tips to preventing childhood exposure to tobacco


Reviewed by: The Poison Control Center
Date: October 2013

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