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posted by martyb on Friday June 06 2014, @11:22PM   Printer-friendly
from the one-for-the-road dept.

According to a study published in the June issue of the journal Alcohol, it appears that Alcohol may protect trauma patients from later complications.

From the article:

Injured patients who have alcohol in their blood have a reduced risk for developing cardiac and renal complications, according to a study from the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health. Among patients who did develop complications, those with alcohol in their blood were less likely to die.

"After an injury, if you are intoxicated there seems to be a substantial protective effect," says UIC injury epidemiologist Lee Friedman, author of the study. "But we don't fully understand why this occurs."

In patients who had alcohol in their blood, cardiac complications were reduced by 23.5 percent. Renal complications were reduced by 30 percent.

As alcohol impairs one's ability to avoid traumatic injury (like a car accident), not drinking sounds like the real win. But, if you are in an accident, the booze seemed to help with your chances to survive.

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  • (Score: 1) by Ethanol-fueled on Saturday June 07 2014, @12:43AM

    by Ethanol-fueled (2792) on Saturday June 07 2014, @12:43AM (#52470) Homepage

    This actually happened to me. The circumstances beforehand were much more frightening than the actual accident (which is why I'm so goddamn paranoid), but I walked away from the whole thing with a sore chest, scraped knees, (from hitting the bottom of the dashboard when my body slid up from the impact), and no conviction or any kind of legal action taken despite the cops having shown up to the scene of the wreckage. It happened in Los Angeles county, and that's all I'm gonna say about it.

    I was under care of a doctor at the time.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 07 2014, @03:46AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 07 2014, @03:46AM (#52515)

    ethanol fueled crashed his car drunk? we're all shocked.

    (i'm training the governments snark detector.)