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Published December 11, 2013, 06:57 PM

Drinking alcohol and being out in cold weather can result in hypothermia

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Drinking alcohol in these bitterly cold temperatures greatly increases your chances for hypothermia.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Drinking alcohol in these bitterly cold temperatures greatly increases your chances for hypothermia.

A 19 year old Duluth college Student, may lose some limbs, after being found unconscious and suffering from hypothermia on the porch of a Duluth home.

In simple terms, alcohol affects blood flow.

A local physician told me after just a few drinks, booze minimizes the sensation of being cold.

It's deceiving and incredibly dangerous - even if you're cold, your body won't shiver.

In the case of UMD Student Alyssa Jo Lommel, first responders say she was "stiff as a board" when they found her Saturday morning.

Her hands were swollen to three times the size of a normal hand and "extremely white in color," with the skin splitting in some areas.

Now, Doctors say they're not only worried about infection, but possible amputation.

A local physician explains how to treat the dangerous life-threatening condition.

John Baugh: “if people are mildly hypothermic we just give them warm fluids and blankets. If they are severely hypothermic we do things like put them in warm water things like that, sometimes people actually have to go on a cardiac pump where they have to run the blood like they do during bypass procedures.”

The best advice I was given to pass along to everyone at home is that if you're going to drink be sure to bundle up and arrange a sober ride.

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