Alcohol and trauma

Ann Emerg Med. 1984 Nov;13(11):1056-60. doi: 10.1016/s0196-0644(84)80070-0.


Available evidence implicates alcohol consumption as a major risk factor for almost all types of injury. An exceptionally strong relationship is noted between alcohol and motor vehicle accidents--particularly single-vehicle crashes. Recognition of the association between alcohol and trauma is important not only for proper care and for treatment of the underlying alcoholism, but to stimulate enactment of preventive measures aimed at reducing the risk of alcohol-associated injuries.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Aviation
  • Accidents, Traffic
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Alcohol Drinking*
  • Burns / epidemiology
  • Craniocerebral Trauma / epidemiology
  • Drowning / epidemiology
  • Ethanol / blood
  • Homicide
  • Humans
  • Hypothermia / mortality
  • Legislation as Topic
  • Osmolar Concentration
  • Suicide
  • United States
  • Wounds and Injuries / epidemiology*
  • gamma-Glutamyltransferase / blood


  • Ethanol
  • gamma-Glutamyltransferase