Navigation Links
Walking While Drunk Can Lead to Deadly Accidents: Expert
Date:12/14/2011

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 14 (HealthDay News) -- Most everyone knows the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol. With the holidays approaching, an expert warns that walking under the influence of alcohol can also have deadly consequences.

"Every movement ranging from driving a car to simply walking to the bathroom is compromised," Dr. Thomas Esposito, a trauma surgeon at Loyola University Health System in Maywood, Ill., said in a university news release. "Alcohol impairs your judgment, reflexes and coordination."

Over the past 25 years, Esposito has seen firsthand the adverse effects of "drunk walking." From July 2009 to June 2010, 55 people who'd been struck by a car had their blood-alcohol content checked. Of those, "24 percent had blood-alcohol concentrations at or above 0.08 percent, the accepted level for intoxication," he said.

Although alcohol is involved in many pedestrian deaths throughout the year, alcohol-related pedestrian deaths reportedly peak on New Year's Day. Esposito noted that in addition to these cases, many people are injured at home after drinking too much.

"It's not just walking outside. We often see people who have been drinking that have fallen down the stairs or tripped at home and injured themselves," Esposito said. "Others have unwisely chosen to 'get into it' with guns, knives, bottles and fists."

More information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides additional holiday health and safety tips.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: Loyola University Health System, news release, Dec. 6, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Slower Walking Speed Linked to Surgical Risk in Elderly
2. Foot positioning during walking and running may influence ankle sprains
3. Walking, sex and spicy food are favored unprescribed methods to bring on labor
4. Walking the Dog Benefits You, Too
5. Brisk walking could improve prostate cancer outcomes
6. Brisk walking may help men with prostate cancer, UCSF study finds
7. Walking distance test an accurate indicator of disease severity in patients with COPD
8. Americans Walking, Biking a Bit More, Research Shows
9. High Blood Pressure Linked to Drop in Walking Speed, Study Finds
10. Regular Walking May Slow Decline of Alzheimers
11. Walking slows progression of Alzheimers
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:7/21/2017)... ... July 21, 2017 , ... "As a doctor of lung medicine ... catheters available on the market," said an inventor from Center Valley, Pa. "My idea ... the patient." , He developed the patent-pending PLEURAL SAFE-t-STAT CATHETER KIT to offer an ...
(Date:7/21/2017)... ... July 21, 2017 , ... ... and financial planning services to communities in the greater Birmingham area, is joining ... resources to underprivileged young people in the region. , The Chris Hammond Youth ...
(Date:7/21/2017)... ... ... Bernard R. Bach, Jr., MD, orthopaedic surgeon at Rush University Medical Center ... Medicine (AOSSM) , received the 2017 Robert E. Leach Sports Medicine Leadership award on ... award is given annually to honor those who have made a significant contribution to ...
(Date:7/21/2017)... ST. LOUIS, MO (PRWEB) , ... July 21, 2017 , ... ... are born knowing how to tie their shoes,” says Suzanne Tucker, Founder of St. ... created the Time-In Toolkit, which launches on Kickstarter on Monday, July 21st. , ...
(Date:7/21/2017)... ... July 21, 2017 , ... ... concussion rates are on the rise, say researchers presenting their work at the ... Ontario, Canada. , “The combination of evaluating the patterns of change in concussion ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:7/10/2017)... CARLSBAD, Calif. , July 10, 2017  The ... in Boston, MA at the ... unequaled value and unparalleled access to global decision makers ... to draw 800+ life science leaders during two impactful ... Boston, and provides delegates with additional networking opportunities with ...
(Date:7/5/2017)... England , July 5, 2017 Wolfmet ... perfect answer as physics and manufacturing combine to progress molecular ... thyroid, existing SPECT systems are unable to accurately quantify the ... only limited information regarding the success of this radiotherapy treatment ... ...
(Date:7/5/2017)... , July 5, 2017   BioLife Solutions ... developer, manufacturer and marketer of proprietary clinical grade cell ... freeze media ("BioLife"), today announced that it has ... debt holder and largest shareholder, to modify its existing ... Pursuant to the modification, WAVI agreed to exchange its ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: