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What is the relationship between alcohol intake and unintentional injury? (DGAC 2010)

Conclusion

Strong evidence demonstrates that drinking in excess of current guidelines increases the risk of unintentional falls, motor vehicle crashes and drowning. When alcohol is consumed in moderation, the evidence for risk of unintentional injury is less well established for activities such as driving, swimming and athletic participation, but abstention from alcohol is the safest.

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What is the relationship between alcohol intake and unintentional injury?

Research Recommendations

Focus further research to avoid unintentional injury on effective communication policies that expand current messages on drinking and driving to inform individuals of other unintentional risk associated with alcohol consumption.

Rationale: The documented benefit of drunk driving campaigns is a public health success, yet alcohol-related injury is still substantial in other areas and should be addressed with the same vigilance and governmental support.

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What is the relationship between alcohol intake and unintentional injury?