I recently went to the hospital for alcohol intoxication, will that cause any issues getting my first class medical exam this week? I live in the US, I am a college student and I have rarely drank before; this was mostly a case of not eating and not drinking often. And trust me I don't even want to touch a bottle of alcohol for a very long time.
Possibly, but not necessarily.
First, nobody here is an AME, and a message board is the wrong format, if any of us were, to ascertain all the relevant facts.
Second, you'll need to put that hospitalization on the form you fill out for the exam. To omit it would be a criminal offense, so don't do that.
There are at least two things the AME will consider about what happened. First, is there any lasting damage from that incident? Second, does this indicate enough of an issue with alcohol that it has to go to OKC for their consideration? Both of those questions turn on the specific facts of your case. If both are "no" then your chance of losing the medical may be pretty low. Otherwise... it's all about how your case stacks up with the FAA rules and procedures.
Your best answer may be to consult with one AME to whom you are NOT applying for the medical, and get his expert opinion. Then, with that knowledge, apply (or don't) to your AME for the Class 1.
But please don't substitute internet forum opinions for professional medical advice from an actual doctor.
First of all, do not go through with an “exam” at this point. Change it to an “eval” appointment with the AME. The fee will likely be the same, but if you get bad news, it won’t go on your record.
Second, ask your AME if he would issue a medical for an applicant with your recent history (and any other unrelated medical conditions or history you might have). If so, then you can make another appointment for an actual “exam” without the uncertainty you face right now. Unfortunately, this is quite unlikely.
Your AME will probably tell you that your application would be deferred. This means he could not issue you a medical and would be required to forward your application to OKC for a decision, where it will eventually be denied and you will be told to reapply through the HIMS program. And you will have a long, difficult and expensive road to travel, but the sooner you get started, the sooner you will be flying.
In all honesty a few words of advice:
You really have to ask yourself a couple of questions:
- how why did I get so wasted?
- why did I get so wasted?
- what is the pattern of my drinking?
Tendency to consume alcohol habitually mixed with aviation is like alcohol & ammo. Risky at best.
AME will ask questions about your incident for sure. Don't put your life and the lives of the others at risk and lie or tell alternate facts about your drinking. If you have a problem, it'll come out sooner or later. If you don't, best of luck with your medical.