Definition of alcohol poisoning:
"Acute alcohol poisoning is a related medical term used to indicate a dangerously high concentration of alcohol in the blood, high enough to induce coma, respiratory depression, or even death. It is considered a medical emergency. The term is mostly used by healthcare providers. Toxicologists use the term “alcohol intoxication” to discriminate between alcohol and other toxins.
The signs and symptoms of acute alcohol poisoning include:
- severe confusion, unpredictable behavior and stupor
- sudden lapses into and out of unconsciousness or semi-consciousness (with later alcoholic amnesia)
- vomiting while unconscious or semi-conscious
- respiratory depression (fewer than eight breaths a minute)
- pale, bluish, cold and clammy skin due to insufficient oxygen"
Essentially, drinking oneself into unconsciousness… It can be fatal on its own (literally drinking so much that it causes the body to shut down completely) or in an unconscious state, the person can suffocate on their own vomit. Either way, I feel the robot should have some feature to remember the number of drinks a person had (since the robot would have a perfect memory for such things…) Real bartenders often observe people to determine if they have had one too many at the bar, but such a robot could make sure a real person doesn’t drink too fast (i.e. the liver can process one standard drink per hour on average) or too much in a sitting by just remembering a few key pieces of information:
Who ordered a drink
What they ordered and how many standard drinks it accounts for
When it was delivered
Current time to determine how long since the last drink was ordered (And estimate the expected load on their liver)
On some college campuses, there is a concoction known as “Jungle Juice” that shows up at parties… Its cheap, and generally consists of a wide arrangement of alcohols in mixture with no specific measurements when made. The issue is: since there are no measurements, there’s no way to tell a standard drink. By comparison, a bartender has a list of recipes and measurements, can make a drink on the spot, and knows how much they gave. Such a robot could theoretically reduce deaths by simply knowing how much one has been drinking and have memory to know the upper limits of what someone drank, cutting them off before damage is done.