The contribution of alcohol to fatal traumatic head injuries in the forensic setting

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/122164
Title:
The contribution of alcohol to fatal traumatic head injuries in the forensic setting
Authors:
Cryan, J
Affiliation:
Department of Neuropathology, Beaumont Hospital, Beaumont, Dublin 9,State Pathologist’s Office, Malahide Rd, Marino, Dublin 3
Publisher:
Irish Medical Journal
Journal:
Irish Medical Journal
Issue Date:
Dec-2010
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/122164
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
Excessive drinking increases the risk of dying unnaturally. In the Republic of Ireland such deaths are referred to the State Pathologist. Blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is routinely measured. We created a database of cases presenting to the State Pathologist over a nine year period (2000-2008 inclusive) to evaluate the relationship between alcohol and fatal traumatic brain injuries (FTBI). Of a total of 1778 cases, 332 (275 Male [M]; 57 Female [F]) died of head injuries. Fatalities were highest in males aged 36-50 (N=97) and 26-35 (N=73). Assaults (N=147), falls (N=95), road traffic accidents (RTA) (N=50) and suicide (N=15) were the commonest modes of presentation. A positive blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was found in 36% of assaults, 41% of falls and 40% of suicides. In the RTA group BAC was positive in 59% of pedestrians, 33% of drivers and 14% of passengers. Alcohol clearly plays a significant role in FTBI in the forensic setting.
Keywords:
ALCOHOL-RELATED HARM; INJURIES
Local subject classification:
FATAL TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES (FTBI)
Sponsors:
Reproduced with permission from the Irish Medical Journal

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorCryan, Jen
dc.date.accessioned2011-02-17T16:14:29Z-
dc.date.available2011-02-17T16:14:29Z-
dc.date.issued2010-12-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/122164-
dc.descriptionExcessive drinking increases the risk of dying unnaturally. In the Republic of Ireland such deaths are referred to the State Pathologist. Blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is routinely measured. We created a database of cases presenting to the State Pathologist over a nine year period (2000-2008 inclusive) to evaluate the relationship between alcohol and fatal traumatic brain injuries (FTBI). Of a total of 1778 cases, 332 (275 Male [M]; 57 Female [F]) died of head injuries. Fatalities were highest in males aged 36-50 (N=97) and 26-35 (N=73). Assaults (N=147), falls (N=95), road traffic accidents (RTA) (N=50) and suicide (N=15) were the commonest modes of presentation. A positive blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was found in 36% of assaults, 41% of falls and 40% of suicides. In the RTA group BAC was positive in 59% of pedestrians, 33% of drivers and 14% of passengers. Alcohol clearly plays a significant role in FTBI in the forensic setting.en
dc.description.sponsorshipReproduced with permission from the Irish Medical Journalen
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherIrish Medical Journalen
dc.subjectALCOHOL-RELATED HARMen
dc.subjectINJURIESen
dc.subject.otherFATAL TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES (FTBI)en
dc.titleThe contribution of alcohol to fatal traumatic head injuries in the forensic settingen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Neuropathology, Beaumont Hospital, Beaumont, Dublin 9,State Pathologist’s Office, Malahide Rd, Marino, Dublin 3en
dc.identifier.journalIrish Medical Journalen
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