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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: 4, Interesting) by frojack on Saturday June 07 2014, @03:43AM

    by frojack (1554) Subscriber Badge on Saturday June 07 2014, @03:43AM (#52514) Journal

    I know a guy who beat a drunk driving charge simply by opening his trunk, removing a sixpack and pounding them all to "settle his nerves". That's what he told the other driver, and others to stopped to help. (Nobody was seriously hurt, but two cars were pretty much totaled.)

    There was no sign beer in the passenger compartment. But some of us know where he had been before hand, and some of us had often seen that beat up six pack he always had in the trunk "in case of an accident". The cops never even charged him, and never gave him a breath test either. In those days, they didn't do Blood Alcohol tests (which would have detected the lie), only breathalyzer tests which were notoriously inaccurate in those days. (In other words: Don't try this these days.)

    I was young and foolish then, and actually thought it was a good idea for a while.

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  • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 07 2014, @11:26AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 07 2014, @11:26AM (#52584)
    Reminds me of the joke where one party in the car accident offers the other liquor to "settle nerves" but then doesn't drink but waits for the cops to arrive ;).