Blood Alcohol Concentrations in Suicide and Motor Vehicle Crash Decedents Ages 18 to 54

In this study, the authors compare a range of alcohol levels in suicide decedents and motor vehicle crash decedents (MVCs) to evaluate the hypotheses that high (and very high) blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels are more common prior to MVC than suicide and that low drinking levels are more common prior to suicide than MVC. Using 2012 postmortem data from the state of New Mexico, the authors examine BAC in 224 suicide decedents and 166 MVCs ages 18 to 54. Their findings reveal that 54% of suicide decedents and 49% of MVCs had alcohol present at some level. The study's results support the hypothesis that suicides are more likely to have a low BAC level; however, the analyses does not support the hypothesis that MVCs would be more likely to have high (or very high) BAC levels compared with suicides.


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  • Accession Number: 01602167
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 26 2016 9:04AM