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Citation

Weston JT. Am. J. Clin. Pathol. 1980; 74(5): 755-758.

Copyright

(Copyright © 1980, American Society of Clinical Pathologists)

DOI

unavailable

PMID

7446486

Abstract

The association of alcohol with unnatural death, especially automobile accidents, is widely accepted. Unfortunately, national statistics often do not include information from medical examiners, which can be a significant contribution. This report summarizes the experience of the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator during the period 1974-76. Thirty-nine per cent of automobile drivers involved in fatal motor vehicle accidents and 40% of pedestrians killed by motor vehicles had some blood alcohol present. The relationship of alcohol and other violent crimes is summarized, indicating the involvement of alcohol in 39% to 74% of the several types of crimes presented. The expense of alcohol-related accidents is presented. The psychological autopsy was used to prepare profiles of drivers involved in a variety of vehicular accidents. Drivers were grouped into five categories according to behavioral characteristics that were likely to have contributed to their accidents. Twenty-eight per cent of drivers involved in serious and fatal accidents in this study were judged to have had behavioral disorders in which alcohol often played a role.


Language: en

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