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      Francis Onasanya
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      FALSE: A hypothermia victim should be to have some alcohol to warm up the body.

      WHY NOT: Alcohol does not actually increase body temperature, in fact it lowers it, which worsens hypothermia. Someone suffering from hypothermia can become drowsy and alcohol will mask symptoms.

      WHAT TO DO: Keep the victim dry and warm using blankets, towels or coats instead! Be very careful how you move the casualty as an extremely low temperature can make them prone to a heart attack.

      Source: Babalola El-Imam.

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