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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: 2) by sjames on Saturday June 07 2014, @06:58AM

    by sjames (2882) on Saturday June 07 2014, @06:58AM (#52544) Journal

    I wouldn't recommend it as a precautionary measure since you'll crash a lot more that way, but it might make sense to administer it after the trauma.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 07 2014, @12:43PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 07 2014, @12:43PM (#52602)

    It depends on why intoxicated people are less likely to have problems. If it's because their reaction during an accident (ie: by being more relaxed and going with the flow so to speak) results in less injury then alcohol afterwords won't help.

    • (Score: 2) by sjames on Saturday June 07 2014, @06:23PM

      by sjames (2882) on Saturday June 07 2014, @06:23PM (#52682) Journal

      There is reason to believe it does both, but more research will be required to confirm that.