Intoxication versus Brain Injury Symptoms Comparison


Here are some common signs of visible intoxication. These are not all of the possible signs.

1. Bloodshot, glassy, or watery eyes
2. Flushed face
3. Droopy eyelids
4. Blank stare or dazed look
5. Twitching or body tremors
6. Disheveled clothing
7. Thick, slurred speech
8. Loud, noisy speech
9. Speaking loudly, then quietly
10. Rambling train of thought
11. Unusually fast or slow talking
12. Slow response to questions or comments
13. Repetitive statements
14. Bravado, boasting
15. Making irrational statements
16. Annoying other guests and employees
17. Argumentative
18. Aggressive or belligerent
19. Obnoxious or mean
20. Inappropriate sexual advances
21. Overly friendly to other guests or employees
22. Boisterous
23. Swaying, staggering, or stumbling
24. Unable to sit straight
25. Careless with money
26. Difficulty making change
27. Restless
28. Depressed or sullen
29. Crying or moody
30. Extreme or sudden change in behavior
31. Overly animated or entertaining
32. Crude, inappropriate speech or gestures
33. Drowsiness or falling asleep
34. Lack of focus and eye contact
35. Difficulty standing up
36. Unusual walk
37. Can’t find mouth with a glass
38. Falling down or falling off of the chair
39. Difficulty lighting cigarettes
40. Lighting more than one cigarette
41. Clumsy
42. Difficulty remembering
43. Spilling drinks
44. Disoriented
45. Agitated, anxious
46. Grinding teeth
47. Vomiting
48. Odor of alcohol, marijuana, or chemicals
49. Excessive perspiration
50. Repeated trips to the restroom or outside area                              
Here are some common signs of brain injury (These are not all of the possible signs)

Cognitive problems
Speed of mental processing
Attention or concentration
Executive functioning problems
Beginning or completing tasks
Social problems
Difficulty with turn-taking or topic selection
Problems with changes in tone, pitch, or emphasis to express emotions,
attitudes or subtle differences in meaning
Difficulty deciphering nonverbal signals
Trouble reading cues from listeners
Trouble starting or stopping conversations
Inability to use the muscles needed to form words (dysarthria)
Behavioral changes
Difficulty with self-control
Lack of awareness of abilities
Risky behavior
Inaccurate self-image
Difficulty in social situations
Verbal or physical outbursts
Emotional changes
Mood swings
Lack of empathy for others
Changes in self-esteem
Sensory problems
Persistent ringing in the ears
Difficulty recognizing objects
Impaired hand-eye coordination
Blind spots or double vision
A bitter taste, a bad smell, or difficulty smelling
Skin tingling, pain, or itching
Difficulty with balance or dizziness