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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, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 07 2014, @12:38PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 07 2014, @12:38PM (#52599)

    Yeah I've heard this too, that people who are drunk sorta 'go with the flow' so to speak and so they sustain less injury.

    In fact when I used to take martial arts as a child one of the things we were taught is how to fall properly and when you are propelled in a certain direction how to properly 'go with the flow' of your momentum so as to avoid injury. Or if you get hit, for instance, you can move in the direction of the hit to minimize injury from the hit. Little things like blocking correctly prevents you from getting your hand/arm hurt.

    A sober, trained, person moving with competence would probably sustain less injury than a drunk person (even if the drunk were trained). Just that most people aren't trained. Perhaps we should look into figuring out what's the best way people should react in the event of an accident so that it could be taught in drivers school and hopefully that would stick with some people so that they can instinctively react better (which is what martial arts sorta does, it optimizes your instinctive reactions to someone attacking you).

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